The Ladies remain top of the league after a well earned win in front of the Sixfields crowd!
The Northampton Town Ladies earned a convincing 4-1 victory against Corby Town Ladies on Sunday afternoon at the PTS Academy Stadium.
The Cobblers started brightly and created the first opportunity of the game from Emma Billenness’ long range effort but the Corby Town ‘keeper held the looping strike well before Alex Bartlett’s dangerous cross towards the back-post was cut out before Francesca Speck could make contact.
Northampton then made their early dominance pay midway through the first-half thanks to a spectacular Billenness curling strike. A corner was cleared back to her on the right angle of the penalty area and the midfielder found the back of the net on 22 minutes.
Corby didn’t threaten the Cobblers goal much in the first-half but there was a chance on 39 minutes when a slip allowed the Corby forward to run towards goal but Naomi Dauncey made a superb recovering challenge to clear the danger.
The second Northampton goal came on 41 minutes after some great build up play including Partridge and Bartlett, the ball then re-bounded out to an unmarked Georgia Tear who made no mistake from 10 yards.
That was quickly followed by the third goal minutes before half-time when Nicole Andrejczuk beat her marker on the right side of the box before picking out Partridge to finish expertly first-time on the volley.
Partridge went close to adding her second at the start of the second half but saw a shot fall wide of the far post, meanwhile Corby threated from a free-kick midway inside the Cobblers half but the ball into the box was claimed by ‘keeper Katie McLean.
A Corby chance was then presented on the hour mark when the left winger burst forward at great pace, skipped past the full-back and into the penalty area but the cross to the back-post was well dealt with and the danger was cleared.
Georgina Powell then burst forward down the Cobblers wing from right-back and pulled the ball towards the edge of the penalty area to Tear, but her low effort was well held by the goalkeeper on 65 minutes.
The fourth goal came on 67 minutes when Bartlett got in on the act herself, converting from close range after being picked out by a pin-point Leah Stacey corner.
However, Corby kept battling and got the goal their efforts deserved when the central midfielder lashed in a well controlled volley from the edge of the box which gave McLean no chance down to her right.
Corby almost added their second goal late on when a curling effort from the left side of the box looked set to trouble McLean at her back-post but she showed good hands to keep the ball out.
The Cobblers then saw the remainder of the game out to run out deserved 4-1 winners.
Report by Matt Derrig
|7th April 2019||2:00 pm||EMWRFL - Div 1 South||2018-19|
|Club||1st Half||2nd Half||Goals|
|Northampton Town Ladies||3||1||4|
|Corby Town LFC||0||1||1|
KO 62 62 80 FT