By Mackenzie Byrne http://kenzieebyrnesoccerviews.blogspot.com/
A professional performance this afternoon for title chasing Loughborough Foxes saw them defeat Burton Albion with a three goal victory at Stafford Rangers FC in the Women’s Premier League Midlands Division One.
The boggy conditions made for a scrappy start to the game which had the making of a smash and grab type of victory for either side, but that didn’t happen to be the case.
Burton Albion’s top scorer Jordan Atkins forced an early stop from Amy Burle to prevent the hosts from taking the lead but that early effort was one of few for the hosts, who have adapted well after gaining promotion to the Women’s Premier League.
Charlotte Cooper was finding her range this afternoon with her first effort clipping the top of the crossbar after a nice through pass from skipper Shauna Chambers. It wasn’t long till the Number 9 had opened her account for the afternoon. Tiana Hicks rounded the keeper, following a Pirlo esque through pass from Chloe Young, and Cooper pounced to break the deadlock.
Foxes always looked the more likely to add a second, but Young was denied just before the break after a point blank save from Burton’s Number one prevented the hosts going in two down at the break.
The second half started how the First ended, but this time the substitute goalkeeper stood firm to deny Cooper from doubling her tally minutes into the second half. Burton began to pile on some pressure of their own with subsequent corners, however, they were unable to capitalise on that pressure, due to superb defensive efforts again from the visitors back four and were made to pay. Cooper pounced on a gift presented to her from the opposition keeper and tucked home hers and Loughborough’s second of the game.
Hicks was dangerous down the right wing in the second half and whipped in a number of inviting crosses for both Cooper & Laura Dexter, but both were unable to put the the game out of reach for the hosts. Conversely, Cooper brought the curtain down on the match and took the match ball home by notching her hat trick, fifteenth goal of the season, and breaking the all-time goal scoring record for Loughborough Foxes Women - she scores when she wants! As for the defence, that’s another clean sheet with only three goals conceded in thirteen games - unbelievably clean sheets!
A thoroughly professional afternoon for the ladies in blue, as they look determined to push all the way to the end for promotion into the Women’s Premier League Northern Division. Next stop, Steel City Wanderers at home - come & support the ladies next Sunday as they look to make it thirteen wins in fourteen!