Report: Saints 3-0 Buckland

By SFC Media Sun 15 Sep Womens Team
Photo by Isabelle Field

Southampton FC Women strolled to a comfortable 3-0 win against Buckland Athletic at AFC Totton's Snows Stadium on Sunday afternoon, extending their unbeaten start to life in the FA Women’s National League.

A goal in either half from Georgie Freeland and a Shannon Sievwright header were enough to secure the three points.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale's side started with intent and should have taken an early lead in the second minute with Ella Pusey guilty of wasting a golden opportunity when one-on-one.

Buckland's defenders then failed to pick up Sievwright from a corner, but the skipper's effort was scrambled off the line.

The hosts opened the scoring inside 13 minutes following a surging run down the right from Ella Morris, whose powerful low cross was converted at the near post by Freeland.

The young wing-back was again the provider for Saints' second goal, finding her captain with a looping cross from deep, that Sievwright headed in from close range.

Buckland couldn't cope with Morris's powerful running and she came close to a third assist, threading the ball through to Phoebe Williams, whose effort was kept out by a fine stop from keeper Abigail Bond.

Shannon Sievwright is congratulated after scoring the second goal, (Photo: Isabelle Field)

Immediately after the break, the visitors came close with a looping effort from Courtney Butt that Kayla Rendell had to watch carefully over her bar.

Saints were spurred on by the early warning signs, though, as they quickly looked to reassert their dominance; Freeland testing Bond with a stinging strike that the keeper did well to tip around the post.

Sievwright was again a driving force in the centre of the park, and she fancied her second of the afternoon, taking aim with a long-range drive which Bond did well to divert behind.

Pusey endured an uncharacteristically quiet afternoon, partly down to a brilliant display from Buckland's rapid centre back Alex Sheppard, and spurned another opportunity having got the better of the defender, hitting the crossbar from close range on the hour mark.

Sophia Pharoah went close in a dominant Saints display, (Photo: Isabelle Field)

Following a second drinks break of a scorching September afternoon, Buckland enjoyed a rare spell of pressure and would have scored a consolation but for a brilliant Rendell save from a fiercely struck Stacey shot.

 

Saints made sure of the win shortly after, when Freeland got her second of the game. Again, the goal was a result of positive running down the right, this time from substitute Shannon Albuery, whose cut-back was planted confidently beyond Bond.

 

Moments later, Freeland was chopped down in the box but Sievwright hammered her spot-kick against the base of the post and was flagged offside as she stuck in the rebound.

 

Rachel Panting came agonisingly close to adding some late gloss to the scoreline but was denied by a point blank save from Bond moments before the final whistle.

The league campaign continues with a home clash against Cheltenham Town at The Snows Stadium next Sunday.

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