Loughborough Women’s Third XI 3-1 Derby Women
Loughborough’s clinical attack was enough to see off a strong Derby performance.
Much like the Coventry match, the game began in a slow fashion with neither team making an impact on the match.
Derby’s Hannah Barber came close after her shot fired off the crossbar, however no Derby player could get on the rebound. The first half ended goalless, with Derby looking slightly the stronger side.
The second half began brilliantly for Derby, with fantastic chances being created by Maddy Cusack in the Derby midfield.
It was Derby’s Hannah Barber coming close yet again, after her powerful effort was tipped onto the post brilliantly by the Loughborough goalkeeper.
With Derby committing players to their attack, they showed some signs of weakness in defence. After a through ball found the home sides striker, she was able to slot the ball into the Derby net.
It only took a couple more minutes before Loughborough scored another against the run of play. A sweetly struck free-kick doubled the home sides advantage.
Derby’s constant knocking on the door was finally rewarded, after a handball from a Loughborough defender resulted in a penalty to Derby. It was Maddy Cusack who handed Derby a lifeline, with her well took penalty bringing the visitors within one goal.
Derby continued to pile on the pressure however yet another Loughborough counter attack saw the visitors double their lead again from a well swung in cross being tapped in from close range.
The result means the women have still got only one point so far this season; however their performance was very strong and they were unfortunate with the scoreline. Derby’s next match is at home to Birmingham University.
Written by Ieuan Ivett.