Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 8
Milton Keynes City Reserves Ladies – 1
Buckingham Athletic Ladies powered to their fourth consecutive win of the season with a thumping win over Milton Keynes City reserves, with an assured first half performance that saw them six goals to the good with another hatrick from goal machine Evie Hawkins who ended the afternoon with four goals for the second successive game, and third hatrick for the third game running. MK gave a much better second half performance and held their own against a team that had run them ragged in the first forty-five minutes, and managed to score only the second goal that Athletic have conceded this term.
Evie Hawkins opened her account after just four minutes, when collecting the ball some thirty yards from goal and advancing towards goal, outpacing her marker she then rounded the MK keeper Sarah Cloherty and slotted home. Captain Kerry Stapleton gave yet another superb performance from midfield, covering what seemed every blade of grass when her team was defending or attacking, and she had a low drive that narrowly sailed wide of Cloherty’s right hand post.
Jordan Heron then doubled the lead on fourteen minutes when she shot past the stranded Cloherty from twenty yards, and with the goal empty Hawkins even had time to shadow the ball home to ensure it crossed the line, and unselfishly allowed the ball to roll home to ensure Heron got her goal. Yet another sign of the team spirit that manager Carmen Robinson has running through her squad already, most strikers would have touched the ball home but Hawkins waited to make sure the ball crossed the line.
Athletic were attacking again two minutes later, a cross from Heron was met in the middle by Hawkins but a superb sliding tackle from a defender diverted the ball for a corner. Heron took the corner and on the penalty spot Stapleton headed into the top corner to increase the lead. Heron then went close again after beating a defender and keeper to the ball and shooting from the edge of the area the ball rolled agonisingly just wide of the back post.
On twenty-eight minutes it was four when Hawkins received the ball inside the MK penalty area, with back to goal and a defender on her shoulder she battled to shrug off the challenge, turned and fired home.
Sensing goals Buckingham poured forward at every chance, and Jade Copas fired wide from the eighteen yard line, and just past the half-hour mark Hawkins completed her hatrick, again receiving the ball in front of goal with a defender on her back, she turned again and fired into the bottom corner.
Seven minutes before the break Copas got her goal, and Athletics sixth when she had a shot from the edge of the area come back off the crossbar and as a defender looked to be in control of the ball Hawkins dispossessed her and squared to Copas who fired home. H/T: 6-0
Athletic started the second half as they ended the first, when Heron got down the right and crossed into the middle where Sam Jolley collided with Cloherty and the ball rolled away for a goal kick. Within seconds Stapleton tried to curl home from the corner of the box but only found that waiting gloves of Cloherty.
Heron proved to be a thorn down the Athletic right, and again outpacing the full back she went for goal from the edge of the area only to fire into the side netting. Jade Copas then saw her shot brush the top of the netting as it looped over, before Heron again fired across goal from the right and the ball bounced off the back post before being cleared.
Another Heron corner found Stapleton in the middle and her attempted over the shoulder volley found Cloherty waiting to catch. Then something kicked MK into life and on fifty-seven minutes had a goal disallowed for offside, and this seemed to give them a lift and all of a sudden tackles were more vigorous and challenges had more conviction.
As they were enjoying some possession Athletic then stunned them with a seventh goal on sixty-five minutes, a Hawkins shot rolled across the goal mouth and away for a goal kick. Cloherty took the goal kick but only found Kayleigh Harwood on the edge of the box who somehow managed to head the ball back into the empty net.
Credit then to Milton Keynes who went straight up the other end with Kiki Hurst who fired across goal and into the bottom corner, due reward for their much improved second half performance. Cloherty then denied Harwood from close range, and followed that up with another good save from Jolley inside the box.
Jordan Heron then took on a defender before fizzing a low drive wide, but with six minutes left Copas scored her sides eighth of the day when she received the ball some twenty yards from goal, without hesitation she went for goal, lifting the ball over the keeper as it flew in. F/T: 8-1
After the game Sports Shots caught up with Kerry Stapleton & Jordan Heron:
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