Ladies ex­tend their un­beaten run with vic­tory over Florence

Leek Post & Times - - SPORT -

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.

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