Peterborough Northern Star Ladies boss Steve Iredale was left wondering how his team had snatched defeat from the jaws of victory against Solihull at Chestnut Avenue on Sunday (September 27).
In a remarkable finish in this FA Womens Premiership Midland Division One game Star were 2-1 down after 85 minutes, 3-2 up after 88 minutes, but then conceded two goals in added time to suffer a 4-3 defeat, their third league loss in a row.
Iredale said: “We’ve now been unable to hold onto a lead in three of the six games we’ve played and that has to be addressed. We really should have been able to see the game out against Solihull after taking the lead in the 88th minute. Solihull were on the floor after conceding two goals in three minutes, but they’ve just punted the ball forward in hope. We’ve panicked at the back under no pressure, given them a corner and they score from it.
“Only Leicester City, who are running away with the league, have been better than us over 90 minutes. But the main difference in this league is that teams can punish you at any time of the game. Set piece deliveries are better, forwards’ finishing is better so we have to improve on our responses to these challenges.”
Rachel Adkin shot Star in front against Solihull in the third minute. She followed up a shot from Vicky Gallagher that had been saved by the visiting ‘keeper.
Solihull were in front at half-time, but Star looked set for a win when Sofia Aaragosa equalised with a header from a Gallagher corner and Gallagher flicked home a free-kick from Samantha Woodham with time running out.
But a long ball led to Solihull’s equaliser and a winner arrived in the seventh and final minute of added time.
Star now take a break from league action as they play in the Womens Premier League Cup this Sunday (October 4) away to Newcastle United Ladies followed by game in the Womens FA Cup on October 11 and the Northants County Cup on October 18.