Goalless streak comes to an end!
By Mark Rozzier
Ladies win their penultimate game of the season to remain fourth in the league.
Woodley’s first win and goals in five games came as a welcome relief in a game that the visitors had taken a deserved two goal lead only to nearly throw away the points as they invited Barton to put pressure on them.
From the kick off United were lively with Amie Benton at the heart of the forward play with her pace and desire to chase the ball down constantly caused the Rovers’ defence problems.
The eighth minute saw Benton put the ball across the penalty area but no Woodley players were able to capitalise. Three minutes later United had to scramble the ball away from the goal area following a free kick which set Shelby Preston-Morris up on the counter attack that saw Carly Chilton dive full length to push the shot away for a corner.
Another Barton free kick resulted in Caitlin Levy shooting wide from twenty yards after the initial kick was cleared by Rosie Page-Smith.
Preston-Morris found Benton in the penalty area but the forward’s shot was deflected for Chilton to comfortably collect. However, Benton was not to be denied and in the twenty ninth minute she shot pass Chilton after receiving a fine pass from defender Charley Evans.
Two minutes later Benton fired over from a tight angle as United started to control the game with Sarah Thompson key in midfield. Thompson headed an Ellen Surtees’ free kick over the bar and saw Clinton collect her shot from twenty yards shortly afterwards.
Three minutes before half time Preston-Morris went on another run but her shot was deflected for another corner before United survived a panic in the final minute as poor defending led to them struggling to clear the ball, which they eventually did.
Four minutes into the second half a Preston-Morris corner was headed onto the crossbar with Page-Smith reacting first to poke the ball over the goal line.
A fine save by Nicole Haines in the fifty fourth minute preserved the two goal lead while Woodley continue to look to extend their advantage with Penny drawing Chilton out of position and her pass to Benton being intercepted by a defender with an open goal in front of the Woodley forward.
Sixteen minutes from time a Barton cross from the right was cleared to the edge of the United penalty area where Steph Nelson fired home to set up a grand stand finish that saw Woodley doggedly hold on for the win.
Haines, Stringer, Evans, Surtees, Thompson, Ward, Preston-Morris, Page-Smith, Benton, Penny (Froud), Wilkins