LOUGHBOROUGH Foxes moved up to second in the FAWPL Midland Division with a comfortable 4-1 win over Radcliffe on Sunday.
Foxes were determined to take the points on Sunday as their opponents were one of the teams who beat them at the end of last season and thus eventually denied them promotion.
Foxes made one change to their starting line up after last week’s 2-0 victory at Long Eaton as Laura Steele returned to midfield in place of Pip Cassidy who dropped to the bench.
Foxes started well and dominated possession without creating a clear chance but after 15 minutes their dominance paid off as a Radcliffe goal kick was headed back towards their goal by Chloe Young.
Her header was controlled by striker Charlotte Cooper who turned her marker and then fired an 18 drive into the Radcliffe net.
Ten minutes later Foxes extended their lead as Tugby’s brilliant run and cross was tapped home by Matlock.
Further shots from Steele and Young kept the visitors pinned in their own half and their only threats came on the break before Ramadan converted at Radcliffe move with a right foot shot into the Foxes net.
The game drifted on and it looked like it would end 2-1 before Cooper closed down the Radcliffe defence and as the ball broke in the box for Tugby to fire home and give the Foxes a 3-1 half time lead.
The second half followed a similar vein but it wasn’t till the 70 minute that Foxes extended their lead as Cooper raced clear and calmly chipped the Radcliffe keeper for her second goal of the game and fourth goal in five starts.
Despite several other opportunities Foxes could not add to the score and the points moved them above TNS and Burton Albion and two points behind Solihull Moors at the top of the table.
They now travel to Leicester Ladies tonight (Wednesday) and Birmingham and West Midlands next Sunday. Elsewhere there were wins for the Foxes Reserves 6-0 at home Burton Reserves while all four junior teams won on the first day of the LCCGFL season.
The only disappointment in a great day for Foxes was Vixens 6-2 home loss to Thrapston.