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LADIES: Lichfield 1-6 Town

30 November 2014

Evans' side make it ten wins from ten

Shrewsbury Town Ladies made it ten wins from ten in the league with a dominant display to see of Lichfield City on Sunday.

Town went into the game on the back of an excellent 7-2 victory against fellow promotion hopefuls Burton Albion last Sunday.

Lichfield had been picking up some strong results so it promised to be a tough encounter.

Manager Sean Evans was forced to make changes to the side with Charl Sewell missing out owing to injury.

Fellow first team players Tash Broome, Kim Winton and Olivia Minshall were also out of the game.

Jessica Brown and Sophie Brown came into the starting line-up, with Evans still opting for the favoured 3-5-2 formation.

Town started the game strongly and took the lead after 14 minutes through captain Penny Owen.

After a pass back which was picked up by the keeper, striker Nat Turner set up Owen who drilled low into the back of the net.

On a difficult pitch, Town continued to try and play football, finding Lichfield very difficult to breakdown.

Town's pressure was to pay off after 27 minutes with Owen grabbing her second from a penalty she won after being tripped just inside the box, slotting the ball into the bottom corner.

Lichfield rarely threatened the Town goal with Beth Cleveley a virtual spectator.

Just before half-time, Town made it 3-0 when a Penny Owen corner was met by the head of Rhian Townsend who headed towards goal, finding Nat Turner who guided the ball past the dive of the keeper to give Town a strong half-time advantage.

HALF-TIME: Lichfield City 0-3 Shrewsbury Town

Town carried on their strong first half performance into the second half.

Taking the game to Lichfield and looking for more goals to make absolutely sure of the victory.

It was 4-0 after 52 minutes after Turner worked the ball well in the box to get the shot away, beating the keeper at her near post to take her tally to two for the game and 11 for the season.

Lichfield managed to grab a mere consolation after a lapse in concentration from Town allowed a crossfield switch to be converted well.

The goal didn't faze the Town, and not long after Owen completed her hat-trick.

A corner was swung in by Owen, the ball missed everyone and went straight into the back of the net making it 5-1 to Shrewsbury.

Five minutes from time, Town completed the scoring when Daisy Bradshaw rifled the ball past the keeper, giving Town a resounding victory.

Manager Sean Evans was again delighted with the effort from his side.

"I'm delighted with the effort the team showed," said Evans.

"It was always going to be a difficult game, especially after coming into the game on the back of last week's win over Burton, it's very easy to take your foot off the gas.

"Credit to the team, they didn't do that. We controlled the game which was very pleasing.

"We dealt with everything that Lichfield threw at us. It's very pleasing to score six goals and they were well-worked goals.

"It was a very difficult pitch to play on. It was never going to be flowing football but we tried to play at the right times and Lichfield struggled with that.

"It now takes us to 30 points, ten wins from ten games, and that's a fantastic effort.

"We need to carry on this form into the rest of the season. The belief is there to do so, we all want to be successful".

Town ladies take a break from action next weekend. The next league game is a trip to face Kidsgrove Athletic on Sunday 14 December.

SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP: Cleveley, Francis, Townsend, Cox, R.Owen, J.Brown, P. Owen (c), Bradshaw, S.Brown, Prior, Turner.

SUBS: Ashley, Mason.

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