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Blackburn 2-3 United Women - report

15 September 2019

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Sheffield United Women recorded their second win on the bounce thanks to goals from Chloe Dixon, Katie Wilkinson and Jade Pennock against Blackburn Rovers.

In a game where the Blades trailed at one point to Saffron Jordan's opener, United had to bide their time before Wilkinson finally put Carla Ward's side ahead with no more than 15 minutes to go.

Ward made two changes to the side which thrashed Leicester City three weeks ago, Dixon coming in for Wilkinson while Pennock also made her first start of the campaign in place of Keri Matthews.

United started well and went close on a few occasions, Aimee Palmer seeing a shot go just wide while captain Sophie Barker saw a low effort pushed behind for a corner.

There was a sucker-punch after 19 minutes when Alex Taylor got down Blackburn's left wing and her cross finally fell to the feet of Jordan who slotted beyond Becky Flaherty to give Rovers the lead.

But the response from United was almost instant. Good link up play between Maddy Cusack and Pennock ended with the latter finding Dixon in the box, the striker turning her marker and firing home the equaliser.

The Blades went searching for a second but it took a while to materialise. Pennock saw several efforts miss the target from range before Dixon fired an effort straight at Danielle Hill as the second half got under way.

Ward introduced Sam Tierney and player of the month nominee Wilkinson early in the second half and the changes had the desired effect, Tierney in particular adding control in the midfield as the game got stretched.

Palmer, Cusack and Wilkinson all saw efforts go close as the clock ran down, but it was Wilkinson who made the breakthrough when she headed Barker's cross from deep into the bottom corner.

The lead allowed United to dictate the remaining 15 minutes of the match and the points were sealed with seven minutes to go when Wilkinson turned provider to set up Pennock for her first goal of the season from close range.

There was a late sting in the tale when Natasha Flint fired home from close range after Flaherty spilled a shot from outside the box, but the referee blew the full-time whistle when the game restarted and the three points went to United.

Blades: Flaherty, S. Barker, Little, Hartley, Pennock, Cusack, Dixon, Palmer, Sarri (Johnson 79), Fergusson (Wilkinson 52), Fletcher (Tierney 52).
Unused: Batty, Matthews.

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