Lin­nets Ladies are on cloud nine af­ter an­other ruth­less per­for­mance

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Run­corn Lin­nets Ladies 9

Sale United 0 RUN­CORN Lin­nets Ladies passed their half cen­tury of league goals for the sea­son in yet an­other com­pre­hen­sive home vic­tory.

Eight games in, the Lin­nets’ Cheshire Women’s League Di­vi­sion One goal dif­fer­ence stands at plus 49 (56 for, seven against).

They lie fourth, three and two points re­spec­tively be­hind the high-fly­ing De­vel­op­ment teams of Stock­port County and Al­trin­cham and one adrift of third-placed West Kirby, who have played only seven.

Sale Ladies proved more dogged and re­silient than other op­po­nents of late and played some at­trac­tive foot­ball them­selves in an en­ter­tain­ing con­test.

Sale tested Me­gan Pick­er­ing early on, but the home goal­keeper gath­ered com­fort­ably be­fore Mar­cia Jones-Sacharewicz played in Becky Barker for the opener on three min­utes.

That be­came 2-0 min­utes later, when Jones-Sacharewicz glanced in a Lucy Wieland cor­ner at the near post.

On 12 min­utes, Chelsea Gil­lies was the provider as Barker added her sec­ond for a 3-0 lead.

Sale showed de­ter­mi­na­tion, de­fend­ing res­o­lutely un­til Jones-Sacharewicz made it 4-0 with a turn and shot four min­utes be­fore the break.

Man­ager John Pick­er­ing in­tro­duced new sign­ing Milly Critch­ley, along with Lile Ash­ley, on 56 min­utes.

Within sec­onds, Tem­pany Carl­son had got in front of a de­fender to turn in a Wieland cross, mak­ing it 5-0.

On 64 min­utes, Beth Gra­ham took the field for her first ap­pear­ance since re-sign­ing for Lin­nets, play­ing at right-back with Gabby Evans switch­ing to the left.

Sale should have pulled a goal back af­ter 67 min­utes but a vis­it­ing striker dragged her shot wide, when it looked eas­ier to score.

Ash­ley made it 6-0 with a rasp­ing shot from the edge of the box in the 68th minute with the hard-run­ning Critch­ley feed­ing Gil­lies for the sev­enth goal mo­ments later.

Sub­sti­tute El­lie Ish­er­wood smashed a shot against the vis­i­tors’ bar be­fore Ash­ley scored her sec­ond (and the Lin­nets’ eighth) on 77 min­utes.

It took a bril­liant save from No.1 Pick­er­ing to keep out the vis­i­tors as the game drifted into the fi­nal 10 min­utes.

Barker, hav­ing re­turned to the pitch, capped a fine in­di­vid­ual and team per­for­mance with a tremen­dous solo goal to chalk up her hat-trick on 83 min­utes.

There was still time for Ash­ley to strike the wood­work at a late flag-kick.

Man­ager Pick­er­ing will want to en­sure all feet stay firmly on the ground.

The most pleas­ing as­pects now are the amount of chances the mid­field play­ers are pro­vid­ing for the for­wards and the de­fen­sive ef­forts, which have yielded five suc­ces­sive home clean sheets.

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