There were two hat-tricks, ten goals, and a final pre-lockdown league win for Northampton Town Women on Wednesday night away at Leicester City Ladies.
The Cobblers secured a 10-0 win, and dominated the game right from kick-off. Just three minutes into the game, Alex Bartlett played a through ball into Gracie Williams who bypassed the defenders and finished in the bottom corner.
Leicester struggled to get the ball out of their own half, and it wasn’t long before Northampton doubled their lead. This time Emma Billenness swung in a cross for Bartlett to knock down for Sara Wait to smash in, doubling the Cobblers advantage.
Soon after it was three with Williams grabbing her second of the match. It was Leah Cudone the provider this time, a neat turn and a calm finish from Williams.
3-0 it was at half-time, but it didn’t take long for Cobblers to further their lead in the second half. Eden Brown stepped forward from the back and chipped a ball over the top for Cudone, who held off her defender and slotted into the back of the net to make it four.
There was a double change on the hour mark with Francesca Partridge and Poppy Gibson making way for Charlie Cooper and Georgia Tear. It took just three minutes for Cooper to get in the act, cutting in from the left and unleashing a fine strike in to the opposite top corner.
Cooper got her second a few minutes later after racing through on goal and finishing emphatically to make it six for the Cobblers.
Georgia Tear was the next player to add her name on to the scoresheet after a Williams through ball. Just two minutes later, Williams completed her first hat-trick for the club and an eighth for the club.
The Cobblers still weren’t finished, this time it was Billenness’s turn who smashed in the ninth after some great individual work from Bartlett on 86 minutes.
In the final minute of the game, Cooper secured a 27 minute hat-trick with a poachers effort to seal off a commanding 10-0 win.
As we go into another national lockdown, Northampton Town Women are sat in 3rd in the East Midlands Premier Division with three games in hand, and will be looking to continue their winning ways as soon as restrictions ease again.