LOUGHBOROUGH Foxes travelled to Solihull for top of the table clash with second placed Solihull hoping to win and extend their lead at the top the table.
The game started with Foxes dominating possession but neither side creating many chances but 15 minutes in Foxes were awarded a free kick, which was well taken by Chloe Young but was punched to safety by the home keeper.
The Foxes tempo and quality continued to grow and this saw them creating several chances. A cross by Jodie Bartle saw a Brackenbury header brilliantly saved by the home keeper. From the follow up stand-in skipper Liv Bramley poked the ball home, only to be disallowed by a controversial offside decision.
Foxes kept on the pressure, dominating in all areas of the pitch with Simes hitting the crossbar from a long range effort, followed by a goal mouth scramble which saw Solihull defenders clear their lines. Solihull’s only chances in the first half came from a series of set pieces which they failed to convert and the occasional counter attack which the Foxes back four dealt with well without any concerns.
Into the second half, some early pressure from Tugby and Cooper set Matlock up who had the ball in the back of the net, however yet again the goal was disallowed following a foul on the defender.
However, the Foxes continued to respond and pressure from Cooper saw her steal the ball off the Solihull defence who was through on goal but brought down in the box. This resulted in the penalty which was converted by Cooper and the Solihull defender receiving a yellow card.
Solihull tried to press for the equaliser with a number of counter attacks but the now consistent and very resilient Foxes back four kept Solihull out with few successful crosses and shots, leaving keeper Amy Burle very little to do.
Foxes made their first substitution with Matlock being replaced by Wilson as Foxes continued to dominate and forcing the home team into a number of goal line clearances with both Rogers and Wilson going close.
To close out the game, Foxes made their final substitutions with Cassidy and Singh replacing Eastham and Rogers to help Foxes secure a well-deserved 1-0 win over Solihull which sees Foxes top the FAWPL Midlands table.
A fantastic all round resilient performance from the whole team. Next week Foxes are in FA Cup action and travel to Radcliffe away before entertaining Leicester Ladies, in the league, at the university stadium on Thursday, October 12.