The Northampton Town Football and Education Programme Women’s squad won 4-0 at home to Chelsea (Blenheim) in the National Football Youth League South Premier Women on Wednesday afternoon.
The victory was the Cobblers’ 10th league success of the season.
The first half was scrappy and chances were few-and-far between. Both sides were launching attacks, but most fizzled-out by the time the ball reached the edge of the area.
The hosts managed to get a number of shots away without really testing the opposition ‘keeper. Alex Dicks fired two efforts off target, whilst captain Beth Artemiou’s dipping volley was claimed by the Chelsea stopper at the second attempt.
Keira Doig ran onto a through-ball and tried to poke the ball past the ‘keeper five minutes before the break, but she made a block before the forward was able to round her.
The first clear-cut opportunity came two minutes later when Keeley Jackson was brought down in the box and Northampton were awarded a penalty. However, the ’keeper made a diving save from Mia Richards’ low penalty.
The Cobblers’ disappointment only lasted for a few moments, as Dicks pressed the ‘keeper whose clearance hit a defender and rolled into the empty net.
The forward also played an important role in her side’s second goal with 20 minutes to go. She controlled the ball, drove down the right and crossed for Doig, who nodded into the bottom corner.
Dicks made it three five minutes later when she took aim from a tight angle and found the far corner.
Doig rounded-off the scoring late on when she ran onto substitute Remi Martin’s long-ball and placed past the ‘keeper.
Elsewhere on Wednesday afternoon, the Elite team secured an impressive 10-0 away to Tottenham Hotspur (New City College) in the NFYL South Premier Division.
Cobblers: Iona Smith, Daisy Brown, Maddie Carter, Beth Artemiou, Mia Richards, Ruby Heselden, Keira Doig, Cassidy Flynn, Alex Dicks, Madie Winyard, Keeley Jackson
Substitutes: Ella Barber, Remi Martin, Ruby Oxley, Sophia Tennent, Mia Paradise