Saints keep perfect league run going

By SFC Media Sun 27 Jan Womens Team
Photo by James Bridle

Southampton FC Women made it a perfect eight from eight in the Southern Region Women's Football League Premier Division, with a 4-1 win at Ascot United on Sunday afternoon.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale's team continued their 100 per cent run, bouncing back from last weekend's 2-1 loss at Portsmouth in the Hampshire Cup quarter-finals.

It took them just five minutes to score the game's opening goal, as Shelly Provan's cutback picked out Chloe Newton to fire Saints in front.

The lead was doubled on 20 minutes, as Shannon Sievwright's ball into the area resulted in a scramble, with Provan hitting the post before Caitlin Collighan produced a neat finish.

The visitors thought they had a third shortly before half-time, as Provan and Newton combined again, but the latter was flagged just offside as her effort was ruled out.

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Still, Saints were well in control at the break, and they effectively sealed the game 12 minutes from time, as Phoebe Williams produced a driving run into the box, cutting the ball back to Ellie Chaffe on the edge of the box and, although her shot was parried by the keeper, Newton was well-placed to head home her second of the match.

Although Ascot grabbed a goal soon after to make it 3-1, Space-Cale's side still managed to have the last word, as Newton turned provider, playing a perfectly-weighted pass to break the defensive line in the 89th minute, with Chaffe slotting calmly into the bottom-right corner.

Saints, behind leaders Bournemouth CST on goal difference, but with a game in hand, are on the road again next weekend, as they visit Winchester City Flyers in league action.

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