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Southam United Ladies recorded their 6th win of the season from 13 outings stretching their unbeaten run to 4 games as they comfortably finished off Banbury United inside 35 minutes with a commanding performance. The game was over as a contest by half time as the home side raced to a 4-0 lead inspired by Claire Woodcock - Adele Johnson and Danielle Griffiths upfront. In the main, Southam United Goalkeeper Vicky Busby remained a mere spectator for long periods on a bitter chilly South Warwickshire afternoon, where only the woodwork, missed chances and good goal-line defending by Banbury prevented Southam from recording a bigger victory.
Banbury had the opening chance in the 4th minute but Sarah Rhino's low drive from 15 yards out sailed wide of the Southam far post following a good through ball from Claire Allen. Southam broke the deadlock in the 10th minute when goalkeeper Vicky Busby's long goal clearance eluded the Banbury United defence and released Claire Woodcock, whose run on goal saw her slide the ball home low into the Banbury net from an acute by-line angle to give Southam the perfect start. A well taken solo goal.
Southam doubled their lead in the 16th minute when Adele Johnson fired home. Just minutes later Southam should have further increased their advantage when a mix up in the Banbury defence saw goalkeeper Aimee Clapton stranded in no mans land, but with the goal at her mercy Gemma Wood slid the ball against the foot of the post. Only a fine save by Banbury goalkeeper Aimee Clapton denied Sadie Morning whose well struck fierce drive was turned around the post following a lovely squared ball from Jess Short. From the resulting short corner on the right Laura Dobbie forced Clapton to safely hold at chest height her 18 yard shot.
Southam United went further ahead in the 32nd minute and effectively killed this game off as a contest as Amanda Lynch found Danielle Griffiths whose effort was half saved by Clapton and then slotted home into the Banbury net by Adele Johnson. Only a goal-line clearance by the Banbury defence prevent Southam from going further head in the 35th minute as Johnson found Griffiths, but her goal-bound effort was hooked clear of danger.
Southam added a 4th goal on the stroke of half-time when Gemma Wood found Danielle Griffiths who chipped the ball over the head of Clapton from 8 yards out.
Only another goal-line clearance denied Southam in the 55th minute as the Banbury defence failed to deal with the danger following a Woodcock corner from the left. Banbury were restricted by Southam but in a rare venture on goal Thomas found Ali Knight, but she fired wide of the Southam post in the 77th minute. While at the other end the skilful Sarah Wright forced the pace for Southam as she chipped the ball over the head of her marker Foster only to unselfishly square the ball to Short who fired wide of the post from 12 yards out.
Battling Banbury who failed to turn promise into chances grabbed an 80th minute consolation goal in a good free flowing move down the right wing as Rhino and Thomas combined well for Ali Knight to flick on the inch perfect cross for Liz Verrall to hammer home low into the Southam United net.
Sarah Wright was again unlucky in the closing stages as she beat Foster only to fire straight at Clapton in the Banbury goal. Claire Woodcock thumped the Banbury crossbar with a well struck powerful 12 yard drive in the 85th minute but Southam couldn't add to their first half goal tally. Banbury battled away well. At times they looked promising and dangerous with Sarah Rhino leading Banbury's chase for goals. Goalkeeper Aimee Clapton also played well along with battling Ali Knight but they were no match for a stronger Southam United side.
The only disappointment for Southam United Manager Ian Ray must have been that his young side failed to add yet more goals despite numerous second half chances. But all in all this was a good all-round Southam team performance in which each and every one of their players played well.
Southam United face a stern test next weekend as West Midlands Regional Ladies League Division I South leaders Headless Cross visit Banbury Road.