Perfect league record intact as Saints see off Ascot

By SFC Media Sun 07 Apr Womens Team
Photo by James Bridle

There was no let up from Southampton FC Women as they continued their assault on the league title with a 9-0 mauling of Ascot United at AFC Totton on Sunday afternoon.

The perfect conclusion to Girls' Football Week, 302 fans watched on as Marianne Spacey-Cale's side thumped the league's fifth placed outfit, maintaining their perfect record as a consequence.

AFC Bournemouth hold onto their place at the top, having put four past Oxford City in their respective league outing, but Saints have two games in hand on their rivals and remain on course for the Southern Region Women's Premier title. 

There was plenty to cheer about for a bumper crowd at Totton's Testwood Stadium, as Ellie Chaffe fired the hosts ahead inside two minutes, pouncing on a loose ball in the box and side-footing home.

Then, having netted all four goals in last week's all-important victory over Bournemouth, star striker Chloe Newton added to her mounting goal tally in the 13th minute.

Captain Shelly Provan was the provider from a corner, allowing top scorer Newton to tap past the Ascot keeper for her 28th of the season. 

Georgie Freeland and Shannon Sievwright both found the net before the half-time whistle, giving the home side a commanding 4-0 lead at the break, before a further five strikes in the second period.

Forward Ella Pusey secured her brace, as did Emily Wernham, while in-form Freeland also scored her second of the afternoon - making it 19 for the season.

Saints, as well as drawing level on points with Bournemouth, continue to chase down their favourable goal difference, and are now within three of the target set by the leaders.

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