King's Lynn Town Ladies record first win of the season
King’s Lynn Town Ladies recorded their first win of the season in some style as they hit five goals without reply against St Ives in front of a good crowd at The Walks.
The Linnets started conservatively in their latest Eastern Region Women’s Football League Premier Division encounter but broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when captain Tiff Forshaw put them in front with a composed finish.
From this point on, Kings Lynn settled into a rhythm and started to move the ball well from back to front and creating plenty of chances.
Lynn added two more goals before half-time with Amy Magnus and Forshaw finding the back of the net to put the host outfit in full control.
The team started the second half as they finished the first, adding a fourth goal through Oksana
Imanlijeva with a brilliant finish from the edge of the box.
Lynn could have easily scored more but they did add a fifth with less than 10 minutes to go after substitute Ella Gavaghan found the back of the net with a delightful chip over the St Ives goalkeeper, who made some good saves throughout the game.
This was a fantastic performance in the sunshine with everyone playing their part, both in the starting line-up and from the bench.
Zara O’Neill picked up the player-of-the-match award following a very cultured performance from the 17-year-old.
The youngster was at the heart of a lot of the good play throughout the game from the base of midfield and is player who is growing up fast in this league.
Next up for Lynn, who find themselves sixth in the table after their opening four games, is a long trip to eighth-placed AFC Dunstable.
Squad: Shanice Burch, Samantha Davis, Amie Ford, Tiffany Forshaw, Jodie Hopkins-Duckhouse, Oksana Imanalijeva, Amy Magnus, Zara O’Neill, Frances Peeling, Rachel Skinner, Cristina Vivas, Amy Cropley, Ella Gavaghan, Jade Kelly, Lily Porter.
Wroxham Women 5
King’s Lynn Town Ladies 2
The teams served a seven-goal thriller in the first Norfolk derby of the campaign.
Lynn capitalised on a good start to the game by taking the lead through Rachel Skinner with a fantastic strike from 30 yards out.
The visitors doubled their advantage after Jade Kelly and Skinner combined down the right for Forshaw to score from long-range.
Birchall, who went on to help herself to a hat-trick, pulled a goal back for Wroxham five minutes before half-time and it was from here that the hosts assumed control.
Wroxham added a further four goals after the interval to complete a thrilling comeback in a game where Lynn ran out of steam in the second half.
This was a game of two entertaining halves between two committed sides with visiting Lynn playing their part in a terrific tussle at Trafford Park.