By Mackenzie Byrne http://kenzieebyrnesoccerviews.blogspot.com/
Recently crowned Women’s Premier League Midlands Division One champions Loughborough Foxes Women beat their nearest rivals Sheffield United Ladies 3-0 at the Loughborough University Stadium.
Sheffield United had the better of possession in the first 45, and could have been ahead after twenty minutes. Natalie Shaw whipped in a teasing cross but Jen Pearson didn’t get enough contact to trouble Foxes’ Amy Burle. The blades broke away not long after with a two on two with Millie Kenyon, who took the ball wide, but still forced a full outstretched stop from Burle’s left palm.
Foxes were sloppy on the ball and didn’t create too many threatening attacks with the best of their chances falling to Pip Cassidy who sliced her effort after Lindsey Tugby rolled the ball into her path.
Foxes were much better in the second half and broke the deadlock on the hour mark. Laura Steele whipped in an inviting corner and Chloe Young headed home from close range. Young notched hers and Foxes second of the afternoon with an elegant scoop finish after a determined run past the last defender ten minutes after her first goal.
Two should have been three when Shauna Chambers linked up well with Charlotte Cooper who forced an excellent save form Sheffield’s Jess Houldsworth. The same duo linked up again moments later but this time Cooper’s effort was comfortable for the visitors shot stopper.
Substitute Tiana Hicks could have netted moments after entering the field but got her angles all wrong having the whole of the goal to aim at. However, she made up for it with a clever flick onto fellow substitute Cooper who lifted the ball over the keeper to pull the curtains down on the show.
Foxes have extended their unbeaten run to nineteen games and put a sixteen point gap between them and Sheffield United with three games to play. As for second place, it’s all up for grabs with Sheffield United on 39 points, TNS on 38, and Burton also on 38 having beaten TNS 3-2 this afternoon.