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Match-winner Hincks: We showed battling qualities

18 May 2015

Lionesses remain unbeaten in seven

Millwall Lionesses stretched their unbeaten FA WSL 2 run to seven matches by edging a five goal thriller against Watford Ladies at Harlow Town on Sunday afternoon.

The Lionesses twice surrendered a two-goal cushion Watford, but the dismissal of Watford sub Anneka Nuttall with the score standing at 3-2 proved timely as the red card took the wind out of the visitors sails just as they were looking to get back on level terms.

Millwall match-winner Ashlee Hincks, whose fine free-kick proved decisive in the 3-2 victory, believes that the Lionesses showed tremendous battling qualities against a tough Watford side.

"I thought it was a battle for both teams but overall I think we deserved the three points," said Hincks. "Personally, it was a good game for me and anything I can contribute to the team is something I want to be doing every week.

"It was nice to get on the scoresheet but, more importantly, it was nice to win.

"We probably didn't do as well as we should have done against ten players, but we got the win in the end and that's all that matters.

"Our defence has been solid and that goes to show with the number of clean sheets we have had and the fact we haven't lost yet."

Millwall, who have now drawn five and won two of their seven FA Women's Super League games, went ahead after 13 minutes when Naomi Cole sent keeper Shayla Burgess the wrong way from the penalty spot after a Watford player had handled.

The hosts doubled their lead seven minutes later when Hincks' free-kick picked out Rosella Ayane, who rose highest to head home.

Ellie Mason pulled one back for Watford with a 30-yard screamer eight minutes before half-time, however, Millwall restored their two-goal cushion seven minutes after the restart courtesy of Hincks' sublime curling free-kick.

But Watford refused to lie down and they were back in the contest on the hour mark when Nuttall slotted home moments after coming on a substitute.

Nuttall, though, went from hero to villain shortly afterwards when she was sent off following a tangle with Cole and Millwall saw the game out to keep up their impressive run.

Millwall Ladies: Sarah Quantrill, Jordon Butler, Dionne Lennon, Naomi Cole, Leanne Cowan, Grace Fisk (Lilli Maple, 78mins), Danielle Carlton, Megan Goss, Lily Agg, Rosella Ayane. Subs not used: Ciara Sherwood, Fran Ali, Rinsola Babajide, Frankie Gibbs, Lauren David.

Watford Ladies: Shayle Burgess, Emily Heaslip, Mollie Burgess, Leighanne Robe, Grace Gillard, Hollie Wride, Josie Green (Kim Farrow, 87mins), Jenna Dear, Stacie Donnelly (Anneka Nuttall, 57mins), Kate Natkiel, Ellie Mason. Subs not used: Cherie Rowlands, Maddie Scheffer.

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