Sandbach Ladies continue unbeaten league run
MANCHESTER ROVERS 2
SANDBACH UNITED LADIES 5
Sandbach Ladies displayed yet another fantastic performance on Sunday against Manchester Rovers and comfortably took home three crucial league points (writes Lucy Wright).
After Sunday’s result, Sandbach Ladies still remain the only unbeaten team in the league so far this season and currently sit at the top of the table.
After their 4-1 victory against Manchester Rovers on the first of this month in the Cheshire Cup, Sandbach travelled away to face the team once again but this weekend, it was in the in league.
Manchester Rovers away is always a challenging game for the ladies which is often played on a poorly-kept council-run pitch, far from the smooth surfaces which the Sandbach team are used to.
However, this did not phase Sandbach as the team showed true resilience and strength to dig deep and get a hard-earned win.
Manager Stephen Wright said: “Today was a fantastic result. Not many teams go there and get three points. I was definitely worried about this fixture but I was proven wrong.
“Despite travelling to Manchester with a single substitute, everybody on the pitch gave their all. Nobody gave up. Our fitness was key and this showed in the second half when Manchester started to tire.”
The first goal of the game came inside 10 minutes when centre midfielder Katie Smith attempted to cross the ball forward but the Rovers keeper intercepted it and then dropped it and Courtney Beeston pounced and placed the ball in the back of the net.
With 20 minutes on the clock, Sandbach were awarded an indirect free kick on the edge of the box when a pass back was made between the Rovers keeper and a defender. The ball was crossed in from the right and Ellie Buglass’s shot on goal was unluckily blocked by a Rovers defender.
However, the ball came back out and fell to defender Lucy Wright who was hanging at the back post. She struck the ball into the back of the net.
After this, Rovers surprisingly managed to pull one back when the ball was played through on goal to a Rovers player who comfortably scored.
Shortly after, Rovers managed to net another after a questionable ball was yet again played through on goal to a Rovers player who seemed to be in an offside position. Despite this, the referee awarded the goal and pointed to the centre spot.
Two questionable goals.
However, Sandbach reacted well and in the 65th minute, captain Shannon Moores comfortably netted her first goal of the game when the team were awarded a penalty in their favour after a Rovers hand ball.
Less than 10 minutes later, Moores managed to net her second after Smith played the ball down the left channel where she took a player on and scored in the bottom left corner.
The last 15 minutes saw Sandbach as the more dominant side, continuing to create chances on goal and preventing Rovers from getting anywhere near their own.
With not long to go, Emma Landstrom at right back managed to pick out Moores upfront and crossed the ball brilliantly towards goal where the captain controlled it on her left foot and drove it between the posts.
Although Rovers did continue to press throughout the whole game, Sandbach deservedly came out on top. Everybody in the squad performed brilliantly and showed a mass amount of determination to get the three points.
Sandbach United Ladies face Wythenshawe away from home this weekend and will be looking to comfortably bag another three points.