Yeovil Town Ladies continued their unbeaten run in the league this season with a good 3-1 victory over Southampton Saints on Sunday. Stacey Pearson, Laura Bray and Justine Lorton grabbed the vital goals, as the Glovers maintained their two point lead at the top of the South West Combination, keeping them on course for promotion back to the Premier League.
After this latest win for the girls we caught up with joint managers Sarah Lawler and Nigel Williams for their take on the game and outlook for the rest of the season.
"We were not at our best today and took a while to settle," Williams said after the match. "Having said that we were in control of the game, and Sarah and I thought we made a lot of chances in the opening ten minutes of the game. Our passing was a little off and that caused us to work harder than we needed too, and put us under pressure to have to win the ball back. After the first goal, put away by Stace (Stacey Pearson), we relaxed too much and Southampton's number seven ripped apart our defence to go through on goal to what was there first attack, and she toe poked the ball past Dodge (Rachel Simkin).
"It took the girls and us by surprised really as we had the ball, and in the middle of the park we had control of the game," Lawler Said. "An excellent move down the right and working the channels, Laura (Bray) took the ball to the touch line, and with some good off the ball work from Leah Jennings), Laura was able to find some space to deliver a great cross for Justine Lorton to rise like a Salmon and head the ball into the top right hand corner of the net."
Nigel said, "Laura worked tirelessly throughout the game and created a goal for herself shortly after that, and at the half time break we were winning comfortably 3-1. However, credit to Southampton, they came out in the second half and put us under a lot of pressure. We sat back a little too much for my liking and Southampton pushed for another goal. We were forced into some early changes as Justine had a twinge to her muscle and it is important that we protect her for a couple of important games coming up.
"Jodi Cornwall replaced Justine, and Leah came off for Shannon Osman. This gave us a little bit more on the right hand side, and Jodi always has the potential to come up with a goal out of nothing. Jodi is learning all the time and is still young, but her delivery with her left foot is fantastic. She put in a couple of balls that just broke the Southampton defence, and on a better day we would have probably had a couple of more Goals. But you have to credit Southampton’s second half performance. They gave us a good test."
Sarah said: "The second half of this game ought to be our wake up call for the rest of the season. It was not good and we are better than what we saw today. We said to the girls at the end of the game that we are pleased to have the three points, but we have seen a better team this season, and they have set themselves standards. They played below that standard today. We were in a great position at the start of the year, and have continued our unbeaten league run today; it feels good to be in that position."
Nigel added: "Next week we are away in the Somerset Cup Semi Final to Taunton Town. A game we are taking very seriously as at the moment that cup sits in the trophy cabinet at Huish Park, and we want it to remain there. We are very proud to have got this far in the competition, and we want to be in the final again this year."
Final Score: Southampton Saints 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 3.
Yeovil Town Ladies: Simkin, Trowbridge, Brazell, Edwards, Hatton (Grogan – 60), Jennings (Osman – 55), Wensley, Whitton, Pearson, Lorton (Cornwall – 55), Bray
[Report by Nigel Williams and Ali King of Yeovil Town Ladies.]
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