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United Women 1-0 Leicester - report

4 November 2018

United's women's team recorded their second straight victory and their third of the season with a controlled 1-0 victory against Leicester City.

It was the visitor's first game for a few weeks after the tragic death of the club's owner but United set about their task with intensity early on and largely dominated the match.

It was Bex Rayner who made the breakthrough after 83 minutes via a big deflection, but Carla Ward's side were denied three times by the woodwork before the goal finally came.

Captain Ellie Gilliatt, named player of the match for her performance, was the first to go close after 10 minutes.

The left-back flew forward in trademark fashion, skipping past players with ease before fizzing a powerful effort which skimmed the post on its way wide.

Beth Merrick was influential in several of United's biggest chances and the winger should have made it 1-0 when she fired over from close range, before her curling effort just before half-time was tipped onto the post and away by Demi Lambourne.

Chloe Dixon also went close with a deflected shot and United continued their controlled dominance into the second half.

Rayner, continuing her recent good form, was a menace through the middle and both she and Merrick saw efforts saved and blocked before United hit the woodwork yet again as Merrick's curling free-kick came back off the bar.

Sam Tierney drove an effort wide and Ward introduced Jodie Michalska in her bid to find a winner, and it came in the nick of time with seven to go at Olympic Legacy Park.

Rayner darted down the right and whilst her initial attempt may well have been a cross, the ball looped off a Leicester defender and left Lambourne with no chance as it nestled in the corner.

Leicester put pressure on to find an equaliser but United held on for what was a very deserved victory heading into the international break.

Blades: Brooks, H. Barker, Fletcher, Cox, Gilliatt, Tierney, S. Barker, Rayner, Pennock, Dixon, Merrick (Michalska 79).
Unused: Davies, Kemp, Hartley, Ford, Marsden, Ibbotson.

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