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Town go top of the league

By Leon Waite

12 September 2017 08:43

Match Report: Luton Town Ladies 5-1 Haringey Borough Women

A resounding 5-1 win for Luton Town Ladies over a beleaguered Haringey Borough Women’s side on a wintry afternoon at Stockwood Park. The result sees The Hatters conclude the weekend’s action as league leaders and with the only one hundred percent record in the division.

The Borough arrived in Bedfordshire, having shipped an astonishing thirty-six goals in their opening three matches and the hosts were not prepared to show them any mercy They had the lead inside ten minutes when Joanne Rutherford tucked away her penalty, after Jodie Bellinger was impeded in the box.

The towering forward almost secured a brace when her corner struck the post. The second goal eventually came through Bellinger as she capitalised on some indecision amongst the Haringey defenders to slot home from close range.

Rutherford and Bellinger were the danger women throughout the contest and the latter forced a couple of good saves out of goalkeeper Lynda Dunphy. The Borough stopper couldn’t deny her much longer, however, as Dionne Manning’s shot was rebounded into the path of Bellinger to finish with ease.

The visitors improved marginally after the interval but another Rutherford spot-kick confidently dispatched had them another goal behind. The Borough did find a route to goal through Julia Carruthers minutes later, as she found the far corner following a strong run down the left; her performance was a rare positive point for the away side.

Substitute Rebecca Kane finished smartly inside the area to restore The Hatters’ four-goal advantage and should have doubled her tally, glancing a header wide from point blank range. She also dragged an effort as Luton were unrelenting in their attacks.

Rutherford went in search of her hat trick in the final quarter of an hour. She was almost on target direct from a corner again, but the keeper made the required save and the rebound was turned wide. Her long-range strike was tipped over, before she remarkably came close from yet another corner as the ball struck the crossbar.

A fracas broke out amongst the players in some unsavoury scenes at the final whistle, but it was another scintillating ninety-minute display from the home side and an excellent response to last week’s cup defeat.

Manager Nikki Baker was delighted with her side going top of the league "We have had 3 games and 3 wins and deserve to go top. We have scored 12 goals in 3 and some really good goals too. We have been in & around the top 4 for 3 seasons now and we want to push on and be real promotion contenders".

Hoping to maintain our perfect league start, we travel to Gander Green Lane next Sunday to take on AFC Wimbledon Ladies, KO 2pm.