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United Ladies 0-0 Kettering Town - report

17 May 2017

United Ladies don't have many goalless draws but they ended their long 34-match 2016-17 season with one such draw on Tuesday night against Kettering Town.

In fact the last such scoreline for the Ladies was back in January 2016. This was the third time of asking to get this fixture played with the visitors twice having to previously postpone. With no more weekends left United sportingly agreed to play at neutral Calverton Miners Welfare to assist Kettering in getting the fixture played.

United were without regular goalkeeper Kirsty Johnson plus Molly Cawthorn, Annalise Carroll and Tania Marsden so it was a competitive United debut for second choice 'keeper Hannah Jasper.

Captain Sophie Bell almost gave United a great start but her low shot across the face of goal just missed the far post. Thereafter the game soon became a bit of a stalemate with few chances to report.

In the absence of others Kim Brown was playing in attack alongside Jen Pearson. It was Brown who has done brilliantly this season to score 24 times from either midfield or full-back had the best of the few chances that came towards the end of the half. Three shots, two saved and one just over.

The second half was more lively, though frustrating for United, who wanted to finish with a win. Other than a scare when a Kettering header hit the underside of United's crossbar, it was wave after wave of United attacks. Substitute Holly Fowler had a good chance from a Shannon Smith cross but mis-kicked her first effort and had her follow up saved. Soon after Jorden Spurr laid off Fowler for a great cross to the back post for Smith to finish but the goal was rather controversially ruled offside.

The Kettering defence were putting up stiff resistance in what became a very competitive game. Sophie Bell went close when the ball from a Kettering tackle came to her out wide and she placed it to the far corner but again went just wide. There were several scrambles and half chances so
when another cross was flicked goal bound by Cara Hopkinson only for the Kettering 'keeper to pull off a good low save it began to feel like it wasnt going to be United's day.

The unbeaten league run will give United a lot of momentum and confidence to take into the new season in the FA Women's Premier League-Midlands when it comes round in August.

Blades: Jasper, Wainwright, Hopkinson, Hartley, Bell, Spurr, Ruddach, Hickerman, Smith, Brown (Fowler), Pearson (Froggatt).


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