The New Saints 3 Solihull Moors Ladies 0
By Luke Turner
The wait for a first league win goes on - by Leanne Prescott
After a dramatic win in the SSE Women’s FA Cup against Loughborough Students WFC, Solihull went into the weekend in search of their first league win. Their opponents, The New Saints LFC, hadn’t fared much better so far, with both sides enduring tough starts to their respective campaigns that saw them perched at the bottom of the table on zero points.
Thus, it promised to be a tricky encounter with Solihull and The New Saints battling it out for a much needed three points in order to kick start their season.
Naturally, the game got off to a cagey start with both managers opting not to go to gung-ho in the opening exchanges to succumb an early lead. Quick spells of possession across the home side’s midfield saw confidence grow while Moors remained alert defensively given the flurry of goals scored by New Saints this season. Albeit struggling to get points on the board, their games have produced an average of five goals per ninety minutes in the league thus far, having only failed to score in one game.
Unfortunately for Westwood’s side, that record was not to be disrupted as the New Saints grabbed three points in a 3-0 win to give Solihull a setback after such a strong win in the FA Cup.
Nonetheless, there were many positives to take from the game as the girls continue to mould and gel together in search of lift-off. Solihull’s next game sees them return to Cup action, travelling to Kidderminster Harriers where they will look to respond from a disappointing defeat.
Solihull XI: Abbott, Green, Scott, White, Stobie, Belcher, Kirk (Douglas, 71 mins), Bickley, Hewitt, Harmison, Taylor (c)