Lionesses 2 Yeovil Town Ladies 1
After fives weeks out of action thanks to numerous postponements, Millwall Lionesses continued where they left off with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Yeovil Town; a result which continued their 100% home record so far this season.
As has been the case more often than not this term, the Lionesses started the game brightly and forced the visiting keeper in to making two smart saves in the opening minutes; Emma Whitter striking first before a long distance effort from Ciara Sherwood.
As the minutes wore on, the away side grew into the game and began to pose plenty of problems of their own, only to be met by a solid-as-ever Lionesses backline which included Kylie Davies, making her debut for the side.
It wasn’t long before an entertaining game produced it’s a first goal, and it was the Lionesses who took the lead after half an hour. The in-form Whitter found space 30 yards from goal and unleashed a dipping drive which arrowed against the crossbar and bounced over the line; to the striker’s delight.
Encouraged, the Lionesses pushed for a second before the interval but a physical and well disciplined Yeovil defence ensured that the score remained 1-0 going into the break.
The second-half began very much in the same vane as the first with the Lionesses on top and eager to rack up another goal. Sherwood and Alicia Ferguson were particularly impressive; neat passing exchanges began to open up the visitors’ backline. Had it been for better composure in front of goal, by this point it could and probably should have be more than a 1-0 lead.
Nonetheless, the home side were rewarded for their dominance with a second on 70 minutes. Shauni Griffiths made space for herself and found Sherwood in the box with an elegant pass; the latter getting the better of her marker and finishing smartly into the bottom corner.
Hopes, however, of a comfortable finish to the game were evaporated just minutes later when the visitors pulled a goal back; striker Bray meeting a corner to nod the ball past Frankie Gibbs between the sticks for the Lionesses.
Time wasn’t on Yeovil’s side as they pressed for an equaliser, and the Lionesses held firm to secure yet another victory and in doing so, blowing off a few cobwebs following a month or so of inactivity.
Manager Alberto Kurti was happy with the nature of the performance, and relieved to have held on for the win.
“I was very pleased with the 3 points today. With Reading losing away versus Brighton it means we are keeping the pressure on.
I have to take into consideration the fact that we haven't played for five weeks now. Yeovil are a tough team to play but our qualities shone through and I was pleased to see Ciara get on the scoresheet as she has come close a few times this season.
We did OK but know we can do better.
We play Charlton next in the League Cup and what a great local derby it will be. We are capable of beating anyone and know a lot about them as most of their players are former Lionesses. We will be looking for good support from the fans on the day.”