Saints hit Chesham for eight

By SFC Media Sun 12 Jan Saints vs Chesham United
Photo by Isabelle Field

Southampton FC Women produced a dominant display on their return to Snows Stadium, beating Chesham 8-2 in the National League Division One South West.

After a tightly contested first half-an-hour, Saints hit three without reply before the break through Georgie Freeland, Ella Morris and Rachel Panting.

Following the interval the goals continued; Shannon Sievwright, Sophia Pharoah, Ella Pusey and a double from Shannon Albuery either side of a quick-fire Chesham double making it six league wins in a row now for Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side.

Saints started the game clearly feeling the confidence from those impressive cup wins; Panting, Freeland and Albuery combining with some one-touch football down the left flank during the opening five minutes.

Panting was involved again minutes later, having a double effort saved on the line on both occasions by Chesham keeper Williams.

With 20 minutes gone another chance fell to Panting, who fired an effort on the half volley following a Sievwright corner which Williams did well to meet.

Rachel Panting lets fly during the first half.

Saints looked a threat down both flanks; the pace of Freeland and Ella Morris causing Chesham’s high line some problems during the early stages.

On the 26th minute mark the two combined, Morris attempting to feed through Freeland who couldn’t latch onto the through ball which would have seen her clear.

In the 32nd minute, Saints had their breakthrough; Freeland twisting and turning in between the Chesham defenders and finishing neatly between the legs of the onrushing keeper.

Four minutes later it was two; Phoebe Williams’ through ball met by the pacey Ella Morris, who left the defenders in her wake before skipping past the keeper and slotting home.

Panting then got the goal she deserved after being involved in much of what Saints created early on, finishing well first time in the 43rd minute to round off a strong first half for the hosts.

Georgie Freeland slots home Saints' first of the afternoon.

Saints started the second half as they ended the first with Sievwright getting in on the action in the 48th minute, hitting an effort from the edge of the box which found the bottom corner and made it four.

51 minutes gone and it was five, Freeland this time turning provider for Albuery who cooly converted from close range.

It was not all plain sailing for Saints however, Chesham grabbed a goal back in the 65th minute through Gemma Fraser following a lapse in concentration at the back.

The visitors nearly had a second soon after, Rendell producing a fine save to tip a long-range effort onto the post as Chesham looked to press.

But any sort of revival was cut short three minutes later, Freeland involved again squaring it across to Pharoah who finished from close range to make it six.

The trademark celebration was back as Shannon Sievwright made it four.

The romp didn’t stop there; Saints getting more joy down the right flank this time through Ella Morris, who found substitute Pusey sliding in at the back post who made it seven.

Chesham continued to make an account for themselves coming forward, adding a second in the 73rd minute through captain Dawne Campbell.

With ten to go Saints made it eight, Albuery with her second of the game getting on the end of a Pharoah square ball from that crucial right flank once again.

As the tock clicked on the hosts remained in control, having multiple efforts at the Chesham goal but ultimately to no further avail.

Saints now turn their attention to the Hampshire Cup, where they visit Moneyfield Ladies on Wednesday evening.


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