Railway seemed spurred on by their recent performances and immediately dictated the play. The pace of the wingers Olivia Smith
& Niamh McLoughlin
left City standing and a cross in from Mcloughlin found Lily Palmer
waiting in the D to neatly slip the ball home for her 1st goal of the season, this lifted all the railway team and they all went on the attack again. Moving together as a team Railway pushed the ball up through the midfield of Germaine Woods and Alice Oldman
. With good communication from all the players the ball was again passed to Palmer who wasted no time in firing it into the back of the net for her second, City retaliated with a quick counterattack which left the defence to hold them off. A valiant effort from Hayley Dowe
and Kerry Parlane was unfortunately not quite enough and City pulled a goal back.
The second half Railway again came out as the dominant team and turned up the pressure again. Lily Raven
turned out a brilliant performance in keeping the ball in the city half and supplying the ball for the forwards of Palmer and Jo Pallant
, who made a welcome return to the team. City made another push and it was again the Railway defence faced with numbers attacking. A shot on goal was neatly deflected by keeper Julie Cambers but unfortunately City picked up the ball and pulled the score level. The Railway squad once again doubled their efforts and dug deep. A hit out from Katy Harris
sent back to Jo Beare
who cleared the ball down to the wing before City realised the ball had been moved. Railway pushed high and Pallant made a run for the goal, Hannah Atkin
moved into position and slapped Pallant’s cross in behind the keeper. Railway taking only their second but well deserved win of the season.
PKF - Man of the Match Lily Palmer