REPORT | Southampton go four unbeaten & stay second

Jane Yeates and Erin Bloomfield on target once again. Photo credit John Bilcliff

It's now four games unbeaten, in all competitions, for Southampton Women's following a 2-1 win over Brislington.

The first National League Division One South West game of 2020 saw Erin Bloomfield and Jane Yeates put the reds 2-0 up in the first-half.

A fortuitous own goal came for the visitors right before the break and despite constant pressure, Southampton couldn't add to their tally.

With games coming thick and fast plus the FA Cup with Crystal Palace looming there were a few changes to the team.

Lucy Mear started for the first time at home while Laura Vokes and Yeates both were back in the 11 with Charlie Taylor returning to the squad.

There early signs from Southampton they wanted to use their attacking strengths.

Gracie White found Kayleigh Tonks in space who picked out an onside Bloomfield but the young striker couldn't get around the goalkeeper for a shot.

Plenty of opportunities arose for the Reds in the opening exchanges keeping the Brislington keeper busy.

E-J May had a 25-yard effort well saved while Lauren Cheshire's free-kick was spilt by the keeper before her defence booted the ball clear.

The ground was heavy underneath with the pitch surviving the worst of the winter weather recently however, Southampton were able to get the ball around the pitch quickly.

Half-way through the first-half the pressure paid off and Bloomfield broke the deadlock.

A strong header from the teenager was directed into the net from Vokes corner, the keeper unable to push the ball over the crossbar.

Brislington struck back quick however, their first chance at goal blazed over and out of the ground.

In the 33rd minute Southampton doubled their advantage.

A beautiful diagonal ball from May was controlled by Vokes into a one-on-one who blocked the attacker's path however, the ball carried into the box where Yeates leapt onto it and finished into an empty net.

The Brislington defence put their bodies on the line to deny anymore more goals before the break and then on the counter they got a goal.

A quick through ball, following a Southampton attack, up to their lone striker was chased into space with two defenders in chase.

Cheshire and White were in toe pressuring the striker and it was the former who stuck her foot out to win the ball however it caught Rose Kite out to make it 2-1.

The second-half carried on as the first 45 finished and early on both Vokes and Bloomfield could have restored the two-goal cushion; the first denied by the keeper while the follow-up was skied.

Hannah Samuels and Philippa Holden were introduced to the game both eager to get on the ball to open the space and get the ball moving.

Vokes did find a third, a neat curled shot into the top corner, but it was chalked off for offside with 67 minutes played.

Three attempts came from one chance for Southampton, Vokes struck the crossbar while Emily Wernham completely missed the rebound with Bloomfield's follow-up blocked by three defenders.

While chances were few and far between for Brislington their attackers did cause some trouble for the Southampton defence, however, Kellie Warren and Mear continuously denied the chances.

The final whistle came with Southampton earning their first three points of 2020 and go five games unbeaten in the league.


Next up for Southampton Women's is home game against Larkhall Athletic in the FA Women's National League Division One South West.

The game is this Sunday, January 19th at the Bypass Ground, Romsey kick-off at 2pm.

Don't forget to get down to the ground on January 26th when we host Crystal Palace of the FA Women's Championship in the Women's FA Cup Fourth Round.

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