Ladies extend their unbeaten run with victory over Florence
LEEK Ladies maintained their 100 per cent record in the West Midlands Regional League Division One North with a 9-1 win over local rivals Florence.
It’s now 11 straight wins for the ladies as they sit six points clear of second-placed Stoke City Development.
Leek went on to the attack from the start and had several good chances which the Florence keeper did well to keep out. On 12 minutes Michaela Lockett supplied Chantelle Gallagher in the box who opened the scoring for Leek.
Five minutes later and Jules Kendrick hit the Florence crossbar with an outrageous flick. Beth Cottrell scored the second goal after chasing what seemed to be a lost cause before combining with Gallagher and firing past the keeper.
Gallagher got her second and Leek’s third after a good through ball from Kendrick.
Florence continued to compete well and a shot from the edge of the box was just wide.
Leekthought they had won a penalty when it looked like Rhian Morris was brought down in the box but the challenge was adjudged to be outside and a free-kick given which again struck the bar. Another good run by Lockett put Lacey-may Smith who side-stepped a defender before a good finish for Leeks fourth.
Gallagher completed her hat trick with a great strike after more good work from Cottrell.
Five minutes into the second half and Gallagher turned provider, linking with Rehanne Mellor who finished well.
Katie Gibbons scored Leek’s seventh after running through from midfield and being found by Gallagher.
Gallagher scored twice more, the first after being put through by Gibbons and the second after following up a strong Rehanne Mellor run and shot which came back off the keeper.
Florence continued to compete and for their efforts were rewarded with a goal just before the final whistle. Leek: Austin, Brown, Maya, Smith, Kelsall, Kendrick, Morris, Cottrell, Lockett, Smith, Gallagher, Mellor, Painter, Gibbons, Ryder, Salehancock.