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Salford City Lionesses, Salford City Lionesses 6-1 Northwich VixensSalford City Lionesses recorded their second win in a row as a commanding display saw them beat Northwich Vixens 6-1 at Partington on Sunday.

Goals courtesy of Annabel Ainscough, Pip Wakefield, Feiruz Abdullahi, Abby Bennett and a brace from captain Beth Tatersall were enough to see the Lionesses record their first victory on home soil this season, picking up where they left off after last week’s victory against Liverpool Feds Reserves. 

The game started slowly with both sides seeing plenty of the ball, but chances were few and far between as both teams found their feet. 

However, the Lionesses got the breakthrough on the 10-minute mark as Ainscough picked up the ball on the left wing. She drove forward, beating the Northwich right back for pace, into the box before calmly slotting home the opener into the far bottom corner. 

Now with the lead, Salford took control of the game and were starting to build the pressure as they looked for a second. They thought they had it when Abdullahi poked it home from close range, but the referee disallowed the goal due to a miscommunication from the side-line which saw Wakefield re-enter the pitch after an injury without the referee’s knowledge. 

They didn’t have to wait too much longer for the second goal to come though. A corner caused a goal mouth scramble and Wakefield managed to get her foot onto the loose ball to poke it home and double Salford’s advantage. 

The Lionesses would claim a third before the break as Abdullahi collected the ball from the left wing and finished it low past the keeper in similar fashion to Ainscough’s opener, giving Salford a commanding lead at half-time. 

Salford City Lionesses, Northwich Vixens, Salford City Lionesses 6-1 Northwich Vixens

Half time: Salford City Lionesses 3-0 Northwich Vixens

Salford started the second half on the front foot and nearly added a fourth only three minutes in as a great touch from Bennett saw her beat the defender and unleash a curling shot that fell just wide of the far post. 

They didn’t have to wait much longer as the fourth goal came in spectacular fashion. A well worked, one touch passing move between Tatersall, Laura Tobin and Antonia Carta opened up the space inside the box for Tatersall who obliged in finishing off the move by stroking the ball past the keeper, claiming Salford’s fourth and drawing applause from all spectators watching. 

However, only two minutes later, the visitors replied with an impressive goal of their own. The ball fell just beyond the half-way line and bounced up perfectly for the Northwich midfielder. She struck the ball well and it flew beyond the reach of Jess Duke in the Salford goal, reducing the gap to three and robbing Duke of what would have been her first clean sheet of the season.

Salford City Lionesses, Northwich Vixens, Salford City Lionesses 6-1 Northwich VixensThe game slowed down with few chances being created for both sides until a breakthrough with five minutes to play. A jinking run from Bennett saw her beat three defenders with great footwork before firing home a sweetly hit strike to put the result beyond all doubt.

The Lionesses promptly replied with a sixth shortly after as great pressure from Abdullahi forced the keeper into an error, playing the ball out to Tatersall who finished into an open net in what was the last action of the game. 

Full Time: Salford City Lionesses 6-1 Northwich Vixens

It was job done for the Lionesses, securing successive wins to build up their form in the early stages of the season. Credit to the opposition who put up a good fight and the game was closely fought at times and also a thanks to everyone that came to Partington to cheer the teams on.