Leeds Ladies 2 Crewe 1, report + League Table

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Leeds Ladies 2 Crewe 1, report + League Table

Postby Another Northern Soul » 25 Oct 2016, 11:34

1 Beth Davies, 2 Eden Pedersen, 3 Amy Perch, 4 Cath Hamill, 5 Megan Maxted, 6 Jodie Hunter, 7 Harriet Jakeman, 8 Simona Petkova, 9 Carly Hoyle, 10 Arianne Parnham, 11 Veatriki Sarri, 17 Demi Pringle. Subs: Aimee Routledge, Jasmine Saxton, Shannon Beal, Hannah Poulter

Sunday 23rd October, 2016. Leeds Ladies FC V Crewe Alexandra LFC

Leeds Return to Winning Ways.

Leeds Ladies welcomed back influential captain Jodie Hunter after a few weeks out.

Crewe kicked off with a quick foray forward coped easily with by Leeds and giving them the main of possession in the opening stages. An early corner eluded the heads of the forwards while soon after, Carly Hoyle tried her luck with a distance shot, saved by the Crewe goalkeeper. Megan Maxted also struck distance shots without troubling the ‘keeper.

The match was proving to be a very physical tie with Veatriki Sarri sustaining a head injury and a Crewe player having to be substituted early in the first half. Neither team were holding back and tackles were coming in thick and fast. Leeds Ladies were passing the ball around well and were looking compact and organised, Eden Pedersen on the left dominating proceedings there. Despite this, a Crewe cross from the left was smartly headed into the back of the net.

Leeds Ladies 0 Crewe Alexandra 1.

Thankfully, instead of feeling sorry for themselves, Leeds were rattled by the goal. Now they had to respond rather than wilt!

A great free-kick chance came as a result of Simona Petkova being impeded. Jodie Hunter and Eden Pedersen stood over the ball… Eden took it. A beautiful free kick it was too, only to be met by the fingertips of the ‘keeper.

More excellent work under pressure from Petkova saw a fabulous shot beating the ‘keeper but pinging off the bar. And then more bad news as a Megan Maxted injury signified her substitution (Hannah Poulter).

Leeds maintained the pressure, Harriet Jakeman close with a crack-shot which thumped the legs of the Crewe defender. It was not though ALL Leeds, Crewe broke forward at times, including one occasion where Amy Perch handled the ball and earned herself a yellow card. The free-kick was fruitless for Crewe however did spark increased possession for the visitors. Another yellow card, this time to Jodie Hunter for a strong challenge bringing down her opposing midfielder. Leeds finished the half strongly but the deficit remained.

Half time Leeds Ladies 0 Crewe Alexandra 1.

Rain clouds dispersed and the sun shone down for the second half. In the marvellous support, Lucas led the crowd in a rendition of Marching On Together whilst the team powered on with Jodie Hunter leading by example from the back. The game seemed a little bit ‘as you were’ for the first 15 minutes, Leeds mostly in possession and dominant without really threatening Crewe’s goal.

The Leeds boss decided to make a change, the injured Veatriki Sarri making way for Demi Pringle on her season senior debut. This introduction injected some much needed exuberance into the team, the passing became slicker and more inventive. Jodie Hunter picked out Demi who played in Harriet Jakeman. Harriet couldn’t quite keep the ball under control but the loose ball fell to Cath Hamill and prompted a fine foray involving Hannah Poulter, Arianne Parnham, Hunter and Eden Pedersen who superbly crossed in for Simona Petkova to head and produce a fine save from the ‘keeper.

Leeds’ Lewis Atkinson made another change to bring on Jasmine Saxton for Arianne Parnham and it wasn’t long before the team got their deserved break. After more Leeds pressure, a Crewe player handled in the area. Simona Petkova stepped up to take the resulting penalty and made no mistake by slamming the ball into the net.

Leeds Ladies 1, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Leeds were soon back on the attack, Jodie Hunter swinging a corner-kick in which just missed the heads of all the Leeds forwards but was retrieved by Carly Hoyle to cross the ball back in. Both Harriet Jakeman and Demi Pringle were advancing on goal but it was Harriet who got her foot to it first and Leeds at last had the lead.

Leeds Ladies FC 2 Crewe Alexandra 1.

Leeds continued to dominate the half with Jakeman instrumental in the forward play, threading through passes and chasing down any loose balls. Cath Hamill did not put a foot wrong, Amy Perch had a similar quality game and it was a solid return for Jodie Hunter too. As usual, Hannah Poulter was very busy down the left flank. There was a lengthy pause while a Crewe player received treatment and consequently left the game. We all wish her well of course.

At the final whistle Leeds were the deserved winners in a tough game keenly contested.

Leeds Ladies FC 2, Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC 1.

Northern Division One » Leeds Ladies FC
1 Guiseley Vixens Women 7 6 1 0 20 19
2 Hull City Ladies 7 6 0 1 12 18
3 Chorley Ladies 7 6 0 1 11 18
4 Liverpool Marshall Feds Ladies 7 3 2 2 7 11
5 Leeds Ladies 7 3 2 2 5 11
6 Chester le Street Town Ladies 6 2 1 3 0 7
7 Blackpool Wren Rovers Ladies 7 2 1 4 -4 7
8 Morecambe Ladies 5 3 0 2 2 6 *
9 Tranmere Rovers Ladies 8 1 3 4 -13 6
10 Brighouse Town Ladies 7 1 2 4 -4 5
11 Crewe Alexandra Ladies FC 8 1 2 5 -13 5
12 Mossley Hill Athletic Ladies 6 0 0 6 -23 0
* Adjustment made
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