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Match Report: Enfield Town Ladies 1-2 Luton Town Ladies

By Leon Waite

28 August 2017 15:50

Despite going behind early on Luton Town Ladies overturned the deficit to secure their second successive win of the new campaign, courtesy of goals from Joanne Rutherford and Dionne Manning.

The result sees The Town soar towards the top of the pile and even in these embryonic stages of the season, confidence is sure to be boosted with each winning display.

The hosts took advantage of some poor defensive play from set-pieces, converting from a corner from the right hand side with a simple header. The visitors provided the ideal response when Rutherford sprung behind the Towners’ defence, composed herself and slotted the neatly into the bottom corner.

Immediately from the restart Enfield were on the attack again, curling one narrowly past the far post. They also threatened with a ball hoisted into the area that the keeper spilled under a challenge- the resulting corner struck the near post.

Manning was potent throughout disconcerting the Towners’ rearguard with her pace. She found space in the left channel cut inside and struck tamely into the keeper.

The home side squandered a far more enterprising opportunity, sending the ball wide from close range after some neat link up play. They were punished when Manning demonstrated her speed and tenacity to force the ball pass the goalline, having got beyond the defensive line.

Rutherford became the second player to hit the post directly from a corner and Manning fired over as Luton sought to extend their lead. They were almost pegged back, however, with an Enfield shot clipped saved well before the resulting corner saw a header sail over the bar.

The second period was less eventful with the Towners attempting to raise the tempo at various points during the half to no avail. In fact The Hatters looked more likely to add another to their tally.

Most notably when Manning went around the keeper but couldn’t get sufficient power on her shot and the defender cleared it. Her ominous speed encompassed by a moment when she spun her opponent and was hacked down resulting in a yellow card for the Enfield woman- the only way for Manning to be contained in an excellent performance.

Nicola Henman was impeded right on the edge of the box right as the match came to a climax. Manning failed to get enough purchase on the header after meeting Rutherford’s delivery, but the points were clinched with the final whistle which blew just seconds later.

Not quite as emphatic as last week’s 5-2 triumph over Stevenage Ladies, although Nikki Baker’s were relatively comfortable all afternoon and showed good character to recover so quickly from an early setback.

Baker was delighted with all 3 points.

"Enfield is always a tough place to come and I am pleased with the girl's mental strength and bounce back ability, to get straight back in it after going behind. We had a game plan and it worked. I am really happy for bot strikers to get on the score sheet as they both worked tirelessly. We defended well in the second half and deserved all 3 points to stay undefeated with two wins".

League action takes a break next week with attentions turning to the FA WPL Cup where we take on Leyton Orient W.F.C at Stockwood Park on Sunday, KO 2pm.