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Match Report: Luton Town Ladies 1-2 Milton Keynes Dons Ladies


By Leon Waite

03 October 2017 17:27

An improved performance but another disappointing result as a match that was shrouded in controversy, saw Town lose out 1-2 to Milton Keynes Dons Ladies on Sunday.

The hosts were outclassed by Leyton Orient WFC last weekend, but were far more competitive at Stockwood Park this week and were desperately unfortunate to emerge from the game with a fourth defeat in five in all competitions.

It all started so well for The Hatters. Just four minutes into the contest and Jess McKay had smashed the ball into the roof of the net for her third strike of the campaign.

Whilst Town failed to build on the early lead they had established, they remained defensively obdurate and frustrated their opponents.

They maintained their advantage into the second half and The Dons eventually began to enjoy a decent period of pressure. That culminated in the equalising goal as Laura Mills notched for the visitors on her full debut.

Town recovered to create a few presentable opportunities, although so did the away side as it became increasingly likely a single goal would be enough to secure the victory.

And despite falling down to ten women in the closing stages- they had completed their three substitutions and subsequently sustained an injury that forced the player off- it was MK Dons who found the route to goal.

Deep into stoppage time, the referee dubiously awarded the away team with an indirect free-kick for a back-pass- the Luton bench were incensed by the decision. Charly Wright proceeded to slot the ball home and condemn The Hatters to a third consecutive league defeat.

This encounter ultimately hinged on a contentious moment surrounding the officials in an otherwise even game. It leaves Nikki Baker’s side in desperate need of three points and hopefully, the bright lights of Kenilworth Road can provide the inspiration for that on Wednesday night as we take on Denham United Ladies, KO 7.30pm.

Baker said after the game "I am intensely frustrated with the result and a terrible decision has cost us. I was really pleased with our performance and we had some excellent spells in the game. We defended superbly throughout and myself and the girls are devastated to come away with nothing. In terms of the squad we are hopefully getting our squad back together after a very difficult month of injuries & players unavailable. The girls are working hard and hopefully it will pay off soon".