REPORT | Warren hits winner in Winklebury victory


Kellie Warren scored the winner in Sunday's 2-1 victory over Exeter City. Photo credit John Bilcliff.

Kellie Warren scored in a tight 2-1 win over Exeter City for Southampton Women's in the FA Women's National League Division One South West.


The Reds took an early advantage from a lovely Laura Vokes goal but Danielle Tyson had other ideas as her goal meant it was level at the break.


It wasn't to be as Warren tipped the ball over the unsuspecting City goalkeeper in the second-half to secure Southampton's ninth win of the campaign.


With games constantly under threat from the winter washout that's threatening to become a soggy spring Southampton Women hosted their Devonish opponents at Winklebury Football Complex in Basingstoke.


The opening exchanges were even for both with neither able to take a hold of the game; Southampton falling short in the final third while Exeter found the home defenders rather than their attackers.


Erin Bloomfield and Vokes caused some early trouble with the latter being handed the chance to break the deadlock when Hannah Samuels was fouled on the corner of the Exeter penalty area.


The experienced winger made no mistake with the set-piece striking a lovely floated efforted over everyone in the box and into the goal with the ball neatly nestling under the crossbar.

Laura Vokes scored and assisted to aid Southampton to their ninth league win. Photo credit John Bilcliff.


Exeter looked to exploit the gaps through the midfield but their crosses in the final third didn't find a target.


Up the other end, Bloomfield had a couple of chances, Kyanna Orchard spilt a direct Samuels free-kick but reacted quickly to smother