United cruised to an easy win in this League Cup second round clash against Loughborough Foxes' third team.
This was an ideal last match before attentions turn to the WFA Cup clash at Bramall Lane. With the game won by half-time United had the luxury of protecting key players whilst boosting morale further with a nine goal haul without reply.
Loughborough Foxes third team, known as Vixens, are in the league below United and have only won once in that league this season so far.
The gulf between the two sides soon became clear. United made the break through after 16 minutes when Sophie Bell rounded the Foxes stand-in 'keeper to tap in. United were a constant threat and went close a few times. Left winger Lucy Darbyshire set up goal two for Bell to turn and fire in her second after 31 minutes and although the Foxes held out thereafter until the break United were very comfortable at 2-0 ahead.
United put the game beyond any doubt within a few minutes of the restart. First, right-winger Shannon Smith dropped a cross perfectly for Jen Pearson to finish for goal three and then Annalise Carroll lashed in through a crowded box at a corner for number four after 51 minutes.
That signalled the departure for some of United`s key players to be protected from any further risk with Rosa Neary, Rachel Ruddach and then Sophie Bell all withdrawn. Kim Brown was one of the subs coming on, who had taken a knock the previous week, but was able to shine and soon amongst the goals. On 70 minutes Brown was put through to finish for the fifth and three minutes later Carroll did the same for number six and her second.
United still had time to blaze a few over the bar as the home team, without any subs began to fade. Then three late goals pushed the final tally to nine when Jen Pearson chipped in number seven, Jodie Hartley followed up a parried free-kick for number eight and Brown also chipped in her second to complete the scoring.
Blades: Johnson, Hopkinson, Neary (White), Wainwright, Smith, Bell (Brown), Hartley, Ruddach (Hall), Pearson, Smith, Carroll.