Slow start costs three points


Stoke City Ladies 3 Leicester City Ladies 1

Stoke City started the game brightly and after only five minutes Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Lucy Clarke pulled off a fantastic double save.
Stoke City continued to push forward and a through ball on ten minutes caught the Leicester City Ladies defence square and the Stoke City winger finished her chance well to make it 1-0.
Stoke City continued to create chances and dominate all over the pitch the only bright point was that Lucy Clarke was having an outstanding game for Leicester City Ladies between the sticks.
On thirty four minutes Leicester City Ladies won a free kick on the edge of the Stoke City penalty area, Erica Preston squared to Ashleigh Bingham who rattled the crossbar, Heather Fyffe followed in with a header but the keeper saved.
Leicester City Ladies created one more chance before half time with Erica Preston putting Sarah Marshall through on goal who hit a shot early which clipped the outside of the post.

Half Time 1-0

Leicester City Ladies considered themselves lucky to go in only 1-0 down at half time and started the second half a lot brighter.
Within five minutes a great passing move ended in a good shot from Leicester City Ladies Erica Preston going just over the bar.
The game was now quite open with Stoke City continuing to look dangerous on the break and when Leicester City Ladies gave away a free kick on the edge of the area they again had goalkeeper Lucy Clarke to thank for making a good save.
On fifty five minutes Stoke City did double their advantage with a quick break leading to a good goal.
Leicester City Ladies pulled a goal back within minutes, Molly Waldron won the ball on the half way line, played it out wide to Jodie White who crossed into Sarah Marshall who laid it back for Annie Rudkin to place the ball in the bottom corner.
Leicester City Ladies began to push players forward in search of an equaliser but where hit by a Stoke City counter attack on seventy five minutes who scored a well taken third goal.

Final Score 3-1

Leicester City Ladies team: L.Clarke, L.Quinn, C.Stephens, K.Walton, H.Fyfe, A.Bingham, A.Rudkin, E.Preston, M.Waldron, J.White, S.Marshall. Subs: G.Ball, S.Payne