Sun 05
First Team
Rotherham United Ladies
C Young (0'), (0'), C Cooper (0'), L Dexter (0')
First Team v Rotherham United Ladies

First Team v Rotherham United Ladies

By Siobhan Eastham
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Match report

By Mackenzie Byrne
A professional afternoon for the Foxes which resulted in a comfortable 5-0 victory over struggling Rotherham United Ladies in the Women's Premier League Midlands Division One.Before the kick off it looked like it was going to be a long afternoon for the visitors, who have failed to gain a single point in eight Premier League games this season, and were immediately under the cosh as Laura Steele forced Rotherham's goalkeeper into a fantastic full-stretched fingertip save inside the opening two minutes.Skipper Shauna Chambers showed her determination inside the first ten minutes by showing blistering pace down the left wing, beating two players in the process, only to be stopped by an excellent last ditch challenge from the recovering defender. Moments later, Eva Rogers dispossessed a defender, but was denied by the goalkeeper's outstretched leg.Becky Matlock thought she had opened the scoring for Foxes only for her anticipated effort to be chalked off for being in an offside position. However, Foxes didn't have to wait long for their opener as Young pounced on Matlock's shot which was parried into her path by the goalkeeper. Siobhan Eastham nearly made it two three minutes later, but her effort was tipped onto the crossbar. Rotherham's goalkeeper was busy and doing her upmost to keep the scoreline down. Unfortunately for her, Foxes had their second just before the break. Chambers whipped the ball into the box & Rotherham's centre half diverted the ball past her own keeper.Chambers nearly made it three after the restart. The goalkeeper's poor clearance fell to Chambers who was ambitious from 30+ yards but the goalkeeper made amends by palming the ball away from goal and smothering the follow up.Foxes made a double substitution moments later which paid dividends. Substitutes Charlotte Cooper & Laura Dexter linked up well which saw the latter rifling her chance across the goalkeeper and into the far corner. Cooper also added her name to the scoresheet after glancing a header from a Steele corner into the net. Dexter nearly had a brace but the keeper was at it again by tipping her effort onto the crossbar. Young put the cherry on the cake by notching her twelfth league goal of the season following good footwork inside the area deep into stoppage time.Foxes dominated from start to finish and were probably a little frustrated they were unable to add to their five goals. As for Rotherham, it looks like it's going to be a long season as they were unable to record a single shot against Foxes to trouble Amy Burle.Foxes turn their attention away from the WPL Midlands division one next week as they travel to Redditch United next Sunday in the first round proper of the SSE Women's FA Cup. Redditch defeated Solihull Moors Ladies in the previous round, so this could prove to be a potential banana skin for the Foxes. Come & support the ladies next week as they look to put their name in the hat for the second round.
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Match details

Match date

Sun 05, Nov 2017



Meet time

Philippa Cassidy

Player of the match

Philippa Cassidy