Saints Ladies kick off league campaign in style
AFC Totton & Southampton FC Update
By Simon Young
AFC Totton welcomed Southampton FC Ladies to the Testwood Community Stadium this afternoon for their first league game of the season. The Saints came into the game on the back of a 6-0 win last weekend against Swindon Spitfires in the SSE Women’s FA Cup and were looking to avenge a 1-0 defeat last season against today’s opposition, Newbury Ladies FC. In front of a crowd of 116 and under a beautifully warm late summer sun the hosts began positively and could have been three up inside the first two minutes as Saints passing game constantly found the wingers in room to make telling crosses. The opening exchanges saw the woodwork hit twice, a goal disallowed for offside, a shot put wide when in a good position and a couple of crucial saves from the Newbury keeper.
The breakthrough came in just the 3rd minute with another sweeping Saints move resulting in the hosts going one up through Newton. Within 15 minutes Saints lead was up to three as Freeland scored twice in a minute. Wave after wave followed with Newton adding her second (20) before Freeland (27) was the first to complete her hat-trick. Not to be outdone Newton had her own treble before the break as she added two more in the 31st and 41st minutes. That gave Saints a 7-0 half time lead and was nothing less than their fluent and incessant passing and control deserved.
HALF TIME SOUTHAMPTON FC LADIES 7 NEWBURY LADIES FC 0
The second half continued in the same vein as the girls maintained their dominance. Within 7 minutes of the restart, Saints had two more with Collighan (51) and Chaffe (52) increasing the scoreline. It would have been very easy for Marianne’s team to switch off and lose their shape and game plan; but to the credit of the players and coaching staff the discipline was excellent with the substitutions bringing fresh impetus to proceedings. Saints did add to their tally with Chaffe (68) and Freeland (85) bringing up the double figures before the final whistle. Don’t let the scoreline fool anyone. Credit should be given to Newbury who battled for everything right to the final whistle. They made Saints work for everything and the visiting keeper made a handful of very good saves particularly during the 2nd half but let’s give due credit to the Saints. This was a very exciting team to watch and without a doubt, Marianne and Martina are building something that could be very special and hugely important for the community.
Next up; Sunday 23rd September Saints play New Milton in the SSE Women’s FA Cup at the Testwood Community Stadium with a 2.00pm kick off. Come along and see for yourselves.
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FINAL SCORE SOUTHAMPTON FC LADIES 11 (eleven) NEWBURY LADIES FC 0