The Northampton Town Football and Education Programme Women’s squad won 5-2 at home to Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday afternoon.
Madie Winyard scored a brace and Beth Artemiou, Alex Dicks and Keira Doig scored the Cobblers’ goals as they made it four wins from four in the NFYL South Premier Women.
The hosts started on top, the first chance falling to Doig whose shot on the turn was tipped over by the goalkeeper early on.
And they opened the scoring from the resulting corner, Artemiou’s wind-assisted delivery catching the ‘keeper off guard and curling straight in.
Doig had another opportunity a few minutes later when she sent a snapshot inches wide of the far post.
Dicks doubled the lead before the quarter-of-an-hour mark, spotting the ’keeper off the line and audaciously lobbing her from the edge of the area.
However, QPR grew into the game after Northampton’s second goal and pulled a goal back midway through the first half when Iona Smith was beaten by a speculative shot from long range.
There was little goalmouth action in the rest of the opening period, the only real chance coming the Cobblers’ way when Dicks’ effort was parried by the ’keeper, who recovered to divert Doig’s follow-up onto the post.
The visitors equalised out of nothing early in the second half, an attacker nipping in between Ruby Heselden and ‘keeper Smith, rounding the latter and rolling the ball into the empty net.
But the hosts were back in front before the hour, the unmarked Winyard nodding home Artemiou’s corner from six yards.
The QPR ‘keeper was sent off for dissent in the aftermath of the goal, and her replacement was beaten within a few minutes as Winyard doubled her tally with a spectacular effort from 40 yards.
Doig rounded-off the scoring late on, tucking away a penalty after being shoved over in the box.
Elsewhere, the Development team won 3-1 away to Peterborough United in the South Central Championship. Jack Anderton-Gill scored twice, whilst Elliot Gibbins scored the Cobblers’ other goal.
The Elite team were also in action away to Tottenham Hotspur in the South Premier Division.
Cobblers: Iona Smith, Daisy Brown, Remi Martin, Maddie Carter, Beth Artemiou, Ruby Heselden, Keira Doig, Alex Dicks, Phoebe Preston, Madie Winyard, Keeley Jackson
Substitutes: Ella Barber, Ruby Oxley, Cassidy Flynn, Sophia Tennent, Mia Paradise