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Ladies and Girls


A report on Sunday's action

26 March 2023

Ladies and Girls


A report on Sunday's action

26 March 2023

Northampton Town Women moved up to third place with a 2-1 win away to Sporting Khalsa in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands on Sunday afternoon.

Jade Bell and Beth Artemiou scored the Cobblers’ goals as they came from behind to win for the second consecutive game.

After a positive opening five minutes from the visitors, their opponents seized control of the contest and had the better of the first half.

Northampton were let-off twice before the quarter-of-an-hour mark, Stephanie Weston hitting the crossbar from the edge of the area and having a curled shot denied by the base of the post.

The Cobblers created their first chance midway through the opening period, Bell hooking Abbie Brewin’s cross towards goal and hitting the top of the bar.

Khalsa missed a great opportunity to open the scoring straight up the other end, as Isabelle Austin-Short rounded Jo Daniel but sent her effort across the face of goal from the tight angle.

The hosts did take the lead five minutes before the break when captain Megan Cann fired home from long range.

Northampton improved after conceding and almost equalised when Bell played Alex Dicks through, but her strike was held by Natalie Hall.

The forwards linked-up again moments later, and Bell found the bottom corner from Dicks’ pass to equalise on the stroke of half-time.

The Cobblers were the better team without creating too many chances in the second half.

Substitute Mia Richards made a positive impact and it was her corner that led to an opportunity going into the final 10 minutes, Fay Noble volleying into the side-netting from the edge of the six yard box.

The visitors scored a deserved late winner for the second week running, Dicks driving down the right and playing in a low cross that was converted at the back post by Artemiou.

Josh Oldfield and Liam Williams’ side host Doncaster Rovers Belles in a rearranged fixture next week.

Results elsewhere on Sunday mean that Northampton will leapfrog their opponents into second place with a win.

Cobblers: Jo Daniel, Zoe Boote, Vicky Barrett, Sara Wait, TJ Warren (sub Rachael Mumford 46), Abbie Brewin (sub Abbie Reboul 74), Beth Artemiou, Kim Farrow (sub Mia Richards 46), Fay Noble, Jade Bell, Alex Dicks (sub Keira Doig 87)
Sub not used: Holly Mayfield

Photos: Clive Stapleton Photography

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