LOUGHBOROUGH Foxes hit the top of the FAWPL Midland Division after their third win in the space of a week.
After last week’s 4-1 win over mid table Radcliffe, Foxes followed that up with a 4-0 on Wednesday at Leicester City Ladies, then on Sunday they travelled to Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies where a convincing 5-0 saw them leap over Solihull Moors to the top of the table. After Wednesday’s midweek win, Foxes made three changes to their starting line-up as Eva Rogers, Pip Cassidy and Laura Steele were all unavailable. Into their place came leading scorer Charlotte Cooper, winger Laura Dexter while Siobhan Eastham also returned to midfield.
Foxes started well and took the lead after only six minutes as Lindsey Tugby broke clear to side foot home after a great Cooper through ball. Foxes continued the early dominance as Cooper then went close twice before Dexter had a shot cleared off the line and Tugby saw a shot brilliantly saved by the home keeper.
Foxes were also denied what appeared to be a blatant penalty as Tugby was fouled but the referee and linesman failed to agree on whether she was tripped. Despite the great start the visiting Foxes could not add to their tally and the score remained 1-0 at half time.
The second half saw Birmingham come out and close the Foxes down high up the pitch and within five minutes this high press saw results as they were awarded a penalty after an error by captain Shauna Chambers.
From the resultant penalty though keeper Amy Burle made a brilliant save to turn the ball away for a corner. The save seemed to inspire Foxes outfield players and they soon had a penalty of their own for handball.
Chloe Young fired home to double the Foxes lead and within five minutes the game was as good as won as Foxes scored two more. Winger Lindsey Tugby, twice raced clear to create goal scoring opportunities for Eastham and Cooper and both coolly side footed home.
Sub Simran Singh then scored the goal of the game and the fifth for the Foxes, as she fired home after a great move involving Matlock and Young for her first goal for Foxes.
Having hit the top of the league, Foxes now face their toughest task of the season so far when they visit second placed and unbeaten Solihull Moors next week.
Foxes Reserves did not have a game on Sunday while four of the five junior teams won on their return to league action.