27 November 2017 20:22
Luton Town Ladies recorded their biggest win of the season as they dismantled Norwich City Ladies 8-2 at Stockwood Park on Sunday, via seven different goalscorers.
It required a few minutes for Nikki Baker’s side to click into gear and they actually fell behind as the Canaries’ winger drove to the byline before sending the ball across goal where the striker couldn’t miss.
The instant reply came from Lisa Nixon- her first for the club- as she found the far corner with a superb bending shot.
Zara Carroll’s header was cleared off the line before she volleyed the rebound high and over but the Hatters did complete the swift turnaround when Nicola Henman’s delivery seeking out Jess McKay at the back post drifted all the way into the far corner.
If that was unintentional, there was no doubt about her second has in a sequence of a personified opportunism she pounced on a loose ball in behind the Norwich defence and rounded the goalkeeper prior to slotting neatly into the empty net.
The chances were coming with such regularity that the hosts could afford to squander a few; McKay fired into the side netting whilst Kimberley Farrow’s header looped onto the crossbar.
Dionne Manning then saw her shot well-saved shortly followed by McKay’s effort being blocked on the line and finally, the ball broke kindly for the left-winger who smashed it into the roof of the net for Luton’s fourth.
Amy Weedon remained alert in the home team’s goal to tip a vicious long-range strike onto the bar and away for a corner.
That preceded the final goal of a rampant first-half display from the Town as Amy Summerfield met Erica Byron’s corner with masterful technique and she caressed her shot into the far corner.
After the interval, the match transpired in a similar manner with the goals still forthcoming.
Carroll had been denied on a few occasions but made no mistake when McKay teed her up on the edge of the penalty area, side-footing expertly into the top corner.
Joanne Rutherford, who had come on at halftime, then showed tremendous courage to latch onto McKay’s whipped cross from the left as she got there just before the keeper to nod beyond the Canaries’ stopper.
Out of nowhere, however, Norwich managed to find another consolation strike when the forward’s initial shot ricocheted fortuitously for her so that she was presented with an open goal to slot the ball into.
But Luton certainly weren’t finished and there was sufficient time for Natasha Fensome to arrive off the bench and poke neatly into the bottom corner, having controlled Henman’s cross marvellously to set up the chance.
A second successive league win after a Women’s FA Cup victory a fortnight ago and it’s a return to that illustrious competition next Sunday as the girls take on Harlow Town Ladies at Stockwood Park, KO 1pm.