By Mackenzie Byrne http://kenzieebyrnesoccerviews.blogspot.com/
Loughborough Foxes have extended their unbeaten run in the Women’s Premier League Midlands Division One after coming from a goal down to beat mid-season title contenders, The New Saints Ladies, 4-1 at the Park Hall Stadium.
TNS raced into an early lead when Charlotte Canlett swiveled well on the edge of the box and rolled her shot into the bottom corner of the net for her eleventh of the season. The hosts nearly saw themselves double their advantage just after five minutes. After a long break in play due to injury, Phobe Davies rattled the crossbar with a free-kick from 25 yards, which would have made it a very difficult for recently crowned champions, Loughborough Foxes, to maintain their unbeaten run in the league.
TNS sat with ten players behind the ball after taking the lead and were determined to keep Foxes out through defensive organisation, but this only lasted till 8 minutes before the break. Charlotte Cooper notched her twenty-second goal of the season after pouncing on a loose ball inside the box following excellent work down the right by Eva Rogers. The scores were level at the break and set up for an interesting second forty-five.
Foxes began to turn the screw in the second half and had their noses in front when Olivia Bramley tucked home a close range effort just after the restart and the visitors never looked back. Bramley had her second, and Foxes third just before the half hour mark. TNS' attempted clearance struck Bramley fortuitously and hit the net to give the champions the cushion they deserved. Bramley nearly secured her hat-trick, but was denied by a goal line clearance to prevent the centre half from scoring her fifth of the campaign, and taking home the match ball.
There was still time for Foxes to add to their tally and it came through an unlikely source. Stand in centre half, Laura Steele, whipped her cross straight over the goalkeeper’s head directly from a corner to cap off a solid display in the visitor's back four.
Foxes now have fifty-eight points from a possible sixty, with two games remaining. Foxes welcome Sporting Khalsa in two weeks where they will be delivered the trophy at the Loughborough University Stadium and are on the road the following week to Radcliffe Olympic Ladies.
In other news, it must be highlighted how superb the hospitality was at The New Saints today. Complimentary hot beverages were on offer for the supporters, as well as a very sporting guard of honour and dressing room banners for the champions - superb sportsmanship from the hosts.