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Salford City, Salford City Lionesses, Wythenshawe Amateurs, Wythenshawe Amateurs 1-14 Salford City LionessesSalford City Lionesses came out on top in ‘The Battle of The Ammies’ as they put 14 past Wythenshawe Amateurs.

A five-goal haul from Beth Tattersall was complemented by braces from Abby Bennett and Ellen Thornton, while Stacey Barley, Feiruz Abdullahi, Laura Tobin, Pip Wakefield and Jess Lawson also contributed.

It’s the Lionesses’ second largest victory ever, their biggest away from home, but they remain third in the North West Women’s Regional League Division 1 South after wins for Curzon Ashton and Warrington Wolverines.

On a heavy pitch and with rain still sheeting down at intervals throughout the afternoon, the Lionesses set about their business briskly and within a couple of minutes Thornton tried to hook a corner goal wards. The effort came to Molly Etchells at the back post but she couldn’t quite reach and Wythenshawe cleared their lines. 

It was, however, for a brief period as a couple of minutes later Tattersall won possession high on the left-hand side and moved into the area before cutting inside and scoring from a tight angle to complete a perfect start.

The next action of note came from Barley on the right-hand side as the winger struck a shot that was spilled by the keeper, but gathered at the second attempt. In the 11th minute Etchells was picked out on the right by Antonia Carta, but she could only lift her shot over the bar.

After her earlier effort, Thornton went close again in the 22nd minute as she headed a corner over the bar but her time would later come. For now, Bennett would be the player to double the Lionesses’ lead as she was played through on the left by Tattersall, and lifted a shot over the oncoming Ammies ‘keeper into the roof of the net.

She would do better with the next couple of efforts as a good save denied Tattersall, and likewise Barley on the half hour mark. However by the 34th minute the Lionesses were four goals to the good as Tattersall quickly netted her second hat-trick in as many weeks. Her first came off the back of a neat passing move through the middle which involved Carta and Tobin, with the latter’s neat pass picked up at the top of the area from where a looping run took Tattersall round the keeper for a tap-in. The second wasn’t too dis-similar as this time Carta curled a ball from a bit deeper into Tattersall’s path, and she duly made the most of the time afforded to her to tuck a shot into the bottom right.

Stacey Barley, Salford City, Salford City LionessesAlready with her fair share of goals, Tattersall continued to exert her superiority in the game with a cross for Barley in the 37th minute which the winger simply had to tap in, unmarked, from the middle of the goal. But it wasn’t long until she was back on the scoresheet herself as Bennett passed through, and the captain again took the ball round the keeper to dispatch a shot off both posts before crossing the line.

The first half wasn’t done there as Annabel Ainscough, filling in at centre-back, went on a marauding run and played a one-two with Tobin at the top of the area before taking on a shot which was – unfortunately for her and the effort – comfortably saved by the keeper.

It’s probably difficult to give a half time team talk at 6-0 down, but Wythenshawe pulled a goal back just after the break as they scored a direct free kick from the left-hand side to make it 6-1. It would certainly have registered amongst the great comebacks, but the next and the rest of the goals went the way of the visitors as they ramped up the style in the second half.

Feiruz Abdullahi, Salford City, Salford City LionessesLawson and Abdullahi hit shots wide around the hour mark, but Abdullahi was next to find the target as she continued her impressive record of scoring in every game in the 67th minute. After Etchells slipped a pass down the right, the striker chased possession, beat the defender to the ball and after seeing her first shot saved she didn’t fail with the second attempt despite the tighter angle.

Five minutes later Tattersall made it eight by racing onto a Lawson through-ball, and her touch deceived the keeper which opened up a free shot on goal for the captain which she gratefully accepted.

A devastating two minute spell then saw Tobin put away Etchells’ set up, pull off a brilliant chip from the edge of the area which Wakefield got on the end of and controlled before putting low past the keeper, and Bennett scored her second of the game with a ship of her own from the edge of the area. 11-1.

There were still just under 15 minutes remaining, but it wasn’t until the 84th minute that the next chance of note came and it fell for the hosts as they unlocked the Salford back line. However Jess Duke made a good save and Chelsea Wharton cleared up from inside the area. Within a minute Salford were back on the attack and Lawson, having been denied a nutmegged finish, stuck away the second attempt to make it a dozen.

Amazingly there was still more to come as Thornton doubled her season tally with a brilliant driving volley into the bottom left-hand corner, before making it two in the game with a header from a corner which brought a miserable afternoon for the Wythenshawe Ammies to an end.

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A comprehensive win for the Lionesses it is fair to say, who were clinical when going forward on one of those afternoons where nearly everything went in. It has been an encouraging couple of weeks for Shauna Duffy’s side after the disappointment of losing at Chester, and it has been the best preparation the manager could have wished for going into what will be a very challenging game against NWWRL Premier Division side West Didsbury & Chorlton in the Manchester FA Women’s Challenge Cup on Sunday (KO 14:00, Partington Sports Village).

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