RESERVES | Southampton see 2020 in with an away win.



Two first-half goals sealed an impressive 2-1 win over Abbey Rangers for Southampton Women's Reserves in the Southern Region Division One.


Siena Millen and Fay White hit the target before Rangers got one back in the second-half but the points came back to Southampton.


It was a bright start for the young reserve side with Charlotte Webb and Millen a constant threat for the Reds.


19 minutes played and Millen's pressure was rewarded when Ava Berglin played a great ball through to her to calmly finish in a one v one with the Rangers goalkeeper.


The goal seemed to wake the hosts up and Abbey Rangers create chances of their own and they soon won a central free-kick on the edge of the box.


Young Southampton keeper Izzy Platten pulled off a great save, tipping the ball over the crossbar and protecting Southampton's lead.


Five minutes before the break the visitors were forced to make a change with Mia Inglis coming off and Jennifer King replacing her.


The young striker made an instant impact and was involved in the build-up for Southampton's well-worked second goal.


Rosie Croshaw drove out from defence, as King span and draw the centreback to her, Croshaw played a decisive ball through to Roberts.


The referee played advantage with Roberts carrying on through the tackle and wasting no time in smashing the ball into the net.


An excellent first-half for the Reds and one that forced Rangers into some tactical changes to counteract in order to protect their unbeaten league record.


In need of a goal to give them a chance, the hosts pressed more and opportunities were created.


The backline for the Reserves held firm and when the ball did beat them Platten was in form making several superb saves to keep the two goal cushion intact.


However, the clean sheet was put to bed following some confusion at the back which resulted in a goal for Rangers with 20 minutes left to play.


It was a continued strong defensive display for Southampton and Platten made two more brilliant saves to seal the first three points of 2020.


Full-time: Abbey Rangers 1 Southampton Reserves 2


Reserves coach Angus Scully said: "We were really pleased with the effort and work rate of the players.


"On the day, the victory was well deserved and to be the first team to beat Abbey in the League this season shows what this squad of players are capable of.”


The Development Squad shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw at home to Meon Milton.


Goals came from Lucy Conway, Phoebe Eccles and Olivia Norton for the DS in their first game of 2020.

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