Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Ladies too good for the Potters

TNS Ladies gained their first home win of the season with a well-deserved 2-0 victory against Stoke City on Sunday.

The visiting Potters were always second-best to a TNS side that scored a goal in each half and missed a host of other chances.
Abi Francis put the girls in front after 15 minutes after winning the ball back from defenders and outsmarting Holly Cowan to fire home from the edge of the box.
TNS laid siege to their opponents goal in a five-minute spell just before the break with Megan Lloyd hitting the bar.
But, for all their pressure, the hosts almost suffered a sucker punch on the stroke of half-time when Emma Sanders was harshly adjudged to be offside when converting a cross from Kate Asher.
Despite creating just as many opportunities in the second-half, TNS were always vulnerable to a Stoke counter attack until Kim Bebbington hit a superb shot past City keeper Alice Langstone after Francis had failed to connect with Courtney Cassidy's cross.
It took a goal-line clearance to prevent Bebbington from adding another and, although Michelle Hadmon hit the bar in a late Potters' attack, TNS never looked likely to surrender the spoils.
Photo: Abi Francis fires TNS Ladies in front against Stoke.