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12 February 2017 Venue Attendance

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Notts County
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Sheffield United

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Notts County 0-7 United Ladies - report

13 February 2017

For the third league game running since the New Year, United have been able to overcome the bad weather by playing on an artificial surface and win comfortably again. Sunday's 7-0 win made it 22 goals scored and none conceded in those three games.


In fact since the team's only league defeat United have made the most of the winter's more comfortable league fixtures to consolidate their title challenge ahead of what will be a very tough final third of the season with away games at three of the contenders in the East Midlands Regional League.


United were without Rachel Ruddach and Nat Froggatt for the trip into Nottinghamshire but had all three recognised strikers back in the squad on a bitterly cold and damp afternoon. Tania Marsden was leading the United attack and needing three more goals to reach the 100 goal-milestone for United.


After two early shots had gone wide Marsden was soon using her experience and power to threaten the County defence. The breakthrough came after 17 minutes when Marsden nudged the ball past the out rushing 'keeper for winger Shannon Smith to nip in to finish.
Five minutes later it was 2-0 when Christina Skull fired a high shot in from well outside the box which hit the underside of the crossbar and went in off the back of the 'keeper. With United increasingly taking control a third goal came just before the half hour and indeed it was Marsden with a neat clipped finish past the 'keeper for 3-0 from a pass from Jen Pearson.


United were comfortably into their passing game and goal four came along four minutes later when right-winger Sophie Bell pressured the defence into a mix up and set up Pearson for her first shot which was headed off the line only for her follow up to be drilled in. Replicating their first half performance in the corresponding home fixture the previous month United were in top form again and Bell blasted in goal five with a shot that could only be partially slowed on its way into the net.


Shortly after the break, United scored the best one yet. Jorden Spurr's disguised slide rule pass put the overlapping Jodie Hartley into the box to fire a great shot into the far corner for 6-0.


United then made a triple substitution with Anna Carroll, birthday-girl Melissa Celi and top-scorer Kim Brown coming on. The Bladettes completed the scoring on 68 minutes when a Brown corner was headed in at close range by Marsden for her 99th career goal for United.


County had their first and only goal attempt shortly afterwards such was United's domination. Thereafter the County defence battled well to thwart United and County 'keeper Chloe Beadle saved well from Carroll and Celi to keep the score down.


Manager Dan O'Hearne summed up the performance "We played some fine flowing football and excellent finishing building up a healthy advantage...what was evident was the immense work rate even with a such a healthy lead. Another clean sheet and lots of goals was another massive plus in our quest for promotion."


Blades: Johnson, Hartley, Hopkinson, Cawthorn, Wainwright, Smith (Carroll), Skull (Brown), Spurr, Pearson, Bell (Celi), Marsden.

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