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Match Report: Haringey Borough Women 0-14 Luton Town Ladies

By Leon Waite

09 April 2018 18:02

Luton Town Ladies recovered from consecutive league defeats- in which they failed to score in both- by reaching double figures in a 14-0 demolition of Haringey Borough Women.

The Borough have perennially struggled following their promotion to this level and sit bottom with nineteen defeats in as many matches. 

And the gulf in quality between the two teams was quickly reflected at Coles Park as the Hatters took the lead through the electric Natasha Fensome, who bundled Zara Carroll’s corner over the line.

Piercing through the heart of the hosts’ defence, their lead was doubled when Lucy Webster’s cross found Dionne Manning whose initial poke towards goal deflected off the post and into Jess McKay to apply the simple finish.

Fensome was unstoppable throughout the contest and she spun the defender down the left with an intricate piece of skill before picking out Manning, who couldn’t quite muster a shot as the ball broke for Nicola Henman to finish with the aid of a deflection.

And Fensome harnessed her scoring powers for the second time this afternoon, latching onto McKay’s cutback and coolly slotting past the goalkeeper.

Carroll’s set-piece deliveries had already unsettled the Haringey backline and she converted directly from a free-kick with a terrific effort that nestled into the top corner.

The first hat-trick of the game was then completed as Fensome, fed by Manning, found the same corner she had slotted into earlier.

An explosive first-half concluded with perhaps the most well-constructed goal of the match as Manning found McKay, who slipped in Fensome before she played the ball back across to Manning to tap in from close range

Webster had been a constant threat overlapping down the right-hand side and she created the opening goal of the second period as her floated cross was nodded in by a rampant Fensome.

McKay added her second and Town’s ninth as she opened her body up to slide the ball past the desperate keeper after being played through by Henman.

The away side hit double figures shortly after through an unsurprising source as Fensome was on hand to turn Manning’s strike to the back post goalwards.

She had already recorded her hat-trick and McKay reached the coveted treble when she pounced on some unresponsive defending to fire home from close range.

There was an extended period with no goals scored before Fensome produced her most majestic strike as her fierce shot from distance sailed over the keeper


Substitute Funmi Babilola ensured she wasn’t deprived of a goal as she was the beneficiary of Fensome’s cross, converting from a few yards out.
And a more than comprehensive victory was concluded with McKay’s low shot that slipped underneath the beleaguered goalkeeper.
Fourteen goals evenly split across both halves restores some confidence lost in the previous two matches and now attentions turn to the FA WPL Plate final against West Ham United Ladies at Hednesford Town FC next Sunday, KO 3pm.