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Mossley Hill Ladies
Katie McTague
Amy Fisher
Constandina Panayi
Ashley Beard
Faye Byrne
Andi Bagshaw
Rach Ainscow
Ellie Doyle
1 goals for Ellie Doyle
Olivia Ellinson
Kelly Lee
Niamh Ritchie
Salford City FC
Grace Pomfret
Rebecca Foster
Ellen Thornton

Baker 60'

Emily Hutton
Charlie Shaw
Safron Newhouse
2 goals for Safron Newhouse 2 goals for Safron Newhouse

Troiano 65'

Liv Smith
Lily Robinson

Hamilton 77'

Abby Bennett

Duke 77'

Feiruz Abdullahi (c)
1 goals for Feiruz Abdullahi (c)
Laura Tobin

Cartlidge 60'

Jade Graham
Rebecca McConnell
Louise Ainscow
Libby Hall
Erin Meharry
Kay Baker
Kim Cartlidge
Jess Duke
Nic Hamilton
Carmen Troiano
Manager - Nathan Soulby
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Referee - Jon Worrall

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Salford City Lionesses started their debut campaign in the NWWRFL Premier Division with three points from a controlled performance away at Mossley Hill Ladies, and also recorded a win for new manager Nathan Soulby in his first game in charge.

After the disappointment of another curtailed season in 2020-21, the Lionesses were successful in their application for upward club movement after topping the Division 1 South again at the time of curtailment. The change in division and management has also brought about changes behind the scenes, and with a shortened pre-season the attitude of the players and organisation of the staff to be ready for kick-off must be commended.

A late flash of summer made for a pleasant afternoon in Mossley Hill, and in the warming sun the Lionesses settled quickly on Mossley's sloped surface, taking their time in possession and with touches to get used to the incline, however with the first real foray forward the visitors took the lead. Abby Bennett was given time in the middle to turn and play a searching ball up the left-hand side, picking out Safron Newhouse. The summer arrival used the bounces to her advantage, taking the ball over her marker before hitting a dipping shot from the edge of the area that was out of home 'keeper Katie McTague's reach as it dropped into the back of the net. As far as starts go it was ideal for the Lionesses, and for Newhouse who would continue to be a new bright spark in the forward line.

More hesitant defending from Mossley nearly gifted Salford a second as a scuffed clearance came to Charlie Shaw. The full-back promptly nudged possession in field for Laura Tobin, whose pass towards Feiruz Abdullahi was blocked but rolled out for Bennett who drove a low shot wide from 10 yards outside the area.

That second goal would have put Salford in a great position, but instead the home side managed to find a leveller quarter of an hour in. A long pass forward was headed back towards goal by Ellen Thornton, and as stopper Grace Pomfret came to collect it she was blocked off by two Mossley players at the top of the box. Play was allowed to continue and Ellie Doyle was first to the loose ball to tuck home and make it 1-1.

Salford responded well and Newhouse won a corner high on the left that was delivered by Bennett and headed on by Abdullahi, drawing a blocking save from McTague. Tobin followed up but her effort was smothered by the 'keeper.

The game started to settle and it wasn't until the 27th minute the next action point came. Mossley had a succession of corners, dealt with by Salford, and from the last of them Bennett initiated a break. A long ball down the right of centre released Abdullahi who tore towards goal and was taken down by the oncoming McTague, but no penalty was given.

Five minutes before the break the game came to life again, starting with Bennett being felled at the top of the box on the break. No advantage was played as Abdullahi continued to tuck away what could feasibly have been a second, although she would shortly restore Salford's lead anyway. In the meantime Bennett picked herself up and drilled a shot that was blocked by the wall, re-bounding to Liv Smith whose shot was saved by McTague. The midfielder was seeing plenty of opportunities and a minute later hit another trademark long shot that McTague managed to push up onto the bar, but with a minute of the first half left the home stopper was beaten again. A clearance from the back dropped to Abdullahi on the halfway line, and the captain sprinted forward with possession before tucking a shot away into the near post to make it 2-1 to the visitors.

That wasn't even that for the first half as there was still time for Newhouse to head a corner against the crossbar before Abdullahi's follow-up was blocked for another corner. From that Mossley broke, but Rebecca Foster put in an excellent challenge to end the attack, and subsequently an entertaining first half.

HALF TIME: Mossley Hill Ladies 1-2 Salford City Lionesses

There wasn't too much that needed addressing at the break with Mossley generally kept at arm's length barring the equaliser and a five minute spell of corners and possession in the final third. The second half then was about taking control of the game, and the Lionesses did so excellently.

Bennett had a sniff with a shot in the 51st minute that went wide, but a third goal arrived a few minutes later. Emily Hutton lifted a pass up the left that Abdullahi chased and pulled back for Bennett whose shot was blocked, but it rolled temptingly for Newhouse on the right who took a touch before curling a shot into the left of the net and giving Salford a solid lead.

Attacks became more considered, but just after the hour mark substitute Kim Cartlidge drew a decent save out of McTague from a narrow angle. The resulting corner came to Smith who hit a low shot across the face of goal.

In terms of clear-cut chances, that was about that for Salford as Cartlidge, Carmen Troiano and Jess Duke were all caught out by the offside trap. Mossley had a couple of late opportunities but Pomfret did excellently to push a free kick around the post for a corner, which she laid claim to to clear in time for the full time whistle.

FULL TIME: Mossley Hill Ladies 1-3 Salford City Lionesses

A very pleasing result and deserved first win of the season for the Lionesses, ahead of next weekend's Vitality Women's FA Cup qualifying game against Curzon Ashton at Partington Sports Village (KO 14:00). League fixtures are being arranged on a bi-weekly basis, and due to the odd number of teams in the division the Lionesses aren't involved in the next round so we will wait to find out our next league game.