Univer­sity rout sees Nuneaton hit for six

The Football League Paper - - WOMEN'S FOOTBALL WEEKLY - By Paddy von behr

THOSE at Lough­bor­ough Univer­sity Sta­dium were treated to a goal-fest as

Lough­bor­ough Foxes ran out 6-3 win­ners against Nuneaton Town on Thurs­day to claim their first win of the Premier League North­ern Di­vi­sion sea­son in some style.

New sign­ing Lisa Gi­ampalma opened her goalscor­ing ac­count for Lough­bor­ough and Re­becca Langley, He­len Rud­kin and Jodie White scored one each, with Emma Pilling bag­ging her­self a brace.

Else­where, goals from Annabel McKe­chine and Natasha Meade saw

Not­ting­ham For­est de­feat ri­vals Derby County 2-0 and take home the lo­cal brag­ging rights.

McKe­chine put the hosts in front on 38 min­utes, be­fore Meade made the points safe nine min­utes from time to move For­est within just two points of third­placed Derby.

Black­burn Rovers and Pre­ston North End shared the spoils, af­ter their evenly-con­tested en­counter ended 0-0.

Rovers had the best op­po­tu­nity to steal the three points right at the death, when Danielle Sheen had a close-range shot saved.

And man­ager Gemma Don­nelly said: “Both teams had spells when they were on top and if ei­ther team was go­ing to go on and win it, it was only go­ing to be by one goal.”

Brad­ford City were com­pletely dom­i­nant in their 5-1 thrash­ing of Guise­ley

Vix­ens on Wed­nes­day, while the league lead­ers Stoke City con­tin­ued their un­beaten run when they de­feated

Sport­ing Club Al­bion 4-2. Cardiff City left it late to edge past

For­est Green Rovers 2-1 in an im­pres­sive away win.

Jemma Heath headed home from a cross late on, be­fore Cardiff’s lead was then dou­bled by Shan­non Os­man in the 88th minute.

And Cardiff head coach Gary Green said: “Fair play to For­est Green Rovers, they stuck to their game plan, but over­all the best team won.”

C& K Basil­don se­cured their sec­ond vic­tory of the Premier League South­ern Di­vi­sion sea­son with a 1-0 win over West Ham, who were re­duced to ten play­ers and re­main with­out a win in the cam­paign so far.

Stacey Lit­tle was sent off for West Ham on the hour mark and it only took C& K Basil­don four min­utes to cap­i­talise on their nu­mer­i­cal ad­van­tage when Amy Nash fired home what proved to be the win­ning goal.

Brighton & Hove Al­bion re­main at the sum­mit of the South­ern Di­vi­sion af­ter a com­fort­able 2-0 vic­tory over Lewes. And fi­nally, Portsmouth fol­lowed up their em­phatic 5-1 vic­tory over Coven­try United with a 3-0 tri­umph over 12th-placed Queens Park Rangers

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