Salford City Lionesses manager Nathan Soulby was pleased with his side’s start to the season as they earned a 3-1 win away at Mossley Hill Ladies.
Summer arrival Safron Newhouse put the Lionesses ahead before Mossley pulled one back a few minutes later through Ellie Doyle.
Captain Feiruz Abdullahi restored the lead before the break, with Newhouse and Bennett also rattling the woodwork, and early in the second half Newhouse put the result to bed with a curling finish.
A good result on the opening day for the Lionesses, on their debut in the NWWRFL Premier Division, and the manager was happy to see the evolution of play from the start of pre-season.
“I think we couldn’t have asked for much more really, we dominated in large spells, I think they’ve come at us on the counter a few times in the first half, we’ve dealt with that in the second and seen the game out, managed the game, so yeah really pleased with that.
“That’s obviously been a big thing over the last fortnight in particular in pre-season, trying to maintain possession. We were able to play on the break a lot more at the start of pre-season but teams aren’t going to allow us the space to do that so to get the goals to go in ahead at half time, it could have been a few more easily as well, it just set the tempo let us push on in the second half.
“We were knocking on the door for a while before that, and even after we got the second we looked like we could get a third before half time so to go in it’s what we deserved, it’s what we worked hard for the in the first half and it gave us a good platform for the second.”
Curzon have always provided a good challenge in the last couple of years, and Soubly is expecting nothing different from the Nashettes.
“It’s going to be a tricky game, another physical side, they’re going to come at us; a team in the league below so they’re going to have a point to prove.
“Salford have come up against them in the last couple of years and they’ve been close games but we’ve got to prepare correctly, perform correctly and hopefully the result takes care of itself from there.”
Spectators are welcome to come down and watch, free of charge, on the 3G at Partington (KO 14:00).