Reserves | Southampton edge seven-goal thriller


Southampton Women's Reserves came from behind to beat Alton for the second time in as many weeks.


Another goal-fest filled game was edged out by the Reserves at Lapstone Park where Alton had a 3-1 lead after half an hour.


The visitors were looking to overturn the previous week's narrow loss to Southampton and they started well.


Nicola Moore and Connie Howarth found the net to give Alton a two goal lead with only 15 minutes on the clock.


Manager Angus Scully changed up his tactics in order to get the team back into contention.


Then in the 22nd minute Southampton countered quickly Ava Berglin raced down the wing then found Fay Roberts who smashed the ball into the top far corner.


Alton weren't having it and worked the ball around well into the Southampton half where they weren't closed down and a cross into the box was volleyed in by Michelle Quinn.

Olivia Norton was introduced on 35 minutes and by half-time, she had made her presence known.


Within seven minutes she found the net and then on the stroke of half-time Norton set up Roberts to make it 3-3 at the break.


Discussions were needed at half-time in order to find the win and the important three points.


Into the second-half, the hosts retained the ball well and created a number of chances.


In the 54th minute Roberts was involved in another goal however, this time it created an opening for Mia Inglis to tuck the ball away putting the Reds ahead for the first time this season.

Isobel Platten was kept busy in the Southampton goal and made some great saves in order to keep Alton out and preserve the three points.


Southampton carved out more chances but couldn't convert them however, come the full-time whistle it didn't matter.


Full-time: Southampton Reserves 4 Alton 3


MANAGERS THOUGHTS


Reserves manager, Scully said: "I knew Alton would be up for the game, especially after last weeks close encounter in the cup.


" We didn’t start great and Alton capitalised but then we identified the issue allowing us to change things up.


" We grew into the game and started to create more chances while limiting Alton more as well.

"To be 3-1 down after 30 and come back to win 4-3 shows just how determined the girls were and I am proud of how we handled things and responded.


"That's now one loss in six and we're unbeaten in four consecutive games with a young squad who are starting to find their feet, it's going to be an exciting second half of the season.

"Fay got two goals and two assists today it was a superb performance by her."

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