Southampton FC Women kept their perfect record in the Southern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division going with a thumping 5-0 win over Oxford City Ladies in a big top-of-the-table clash on Sunday afternoon.
A bumper crowd of 218 people watched on at AFC Totton’s Testwood Community Stadium, as Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s team stormed to victory, making it nine wins out of nine this season.
The result keeps them second in the table, behind AFC Bournemouth CST, who have the same number of points but have played a game more.
There was a tremendous atmosphere for the game, with pupils from Bitterne Park School forming a guard of honour to welcome the teams onto the pitch, while Southampton mascots Sammy Saint and Saint Mary were also in attendance to entertain the crowd.
They needed little else beyond the football to delight them, though, as Saints made a storming start, taking the lead after just seven minutes.
Shelly Provan raced down the line and sent in a cross that was cleared only to the edge of the box, falling perfectly to Phoebe Williams who sent a superb strike into the top corner.
It didn’t take long for the lead to be doubled, as Shannon Sievwright made it 2-0 on 19 minutes, calmly finding the bottom corner after Oxford were unable to clear another ball into the area.
Saints’ dominance continued, and it was 3-0 on 31 minutes, as Chloe Newton got in on the act, tucking home after some smart build-up play.
There was still time for another before half-time, as Sievwright netted her second of the game with a fine strike. Rachael Woods’s initial shot was blocked, but Sievwright pounced on the rebound to send a sweetly-struck half-volley into the back of the net from outside the area.
It sent Saints into the interval with a commanding 4-0 lead, and, although the second half was less fruitful in terms of goals, Spacey-Cale’s side controlled proceedings before punctuating the game with a 90th-minute effort from Ellie Chaffe.
As the ball was cleared to her, she sent a left-footed volley into the far bottom corner to complete another memorable day for Saints, who travel to eight-placed New Milton Town next week.