Ladies football - Star pay the price for poor finishing

Jodie Bartle went close for Star.
Jodie Bartle went close for Star.

Peterborough Northern Star had to settle for a share of the spoils when entertaining Rotherham United in their first home game in the Women’s Premier League on Sunday (August 23).

The game ended goalless but Star should have taken all three points at the Branch Bros Stadium in Chestnut Avenue. Poor finishing let them down.

Wide players Jess Evans and Emily Ingle both had plenty of joy down the flanks and several early chances were created.

But Sofia Aragosa (twice) and Georgia Coulson failed to cash in and at the end of the first half Ingle hit the crossbar.

Star enjoyed the majority of possession in the second half which saw them record six chances to Rotherham’s one.

Again though the chances went begging with Jodie Bartle, Ingle and Aragosa all denied by the Rotherham keeper and Vicky Gallagher nodding the ball just wide after good work by Chanade Henderson.

Star boss Steve Iredale said: “It’s definitely a case of two points dropped today. Last week we were maybe a bit lucky to get a point but this week we should have taken all three.

“In reality, points-wise, we would have been better off losing last week and winning this week.

“While we’re looking strong at the back, we’ve got to be more clinical in the last third of the field. Chances are fewer at this level and we have to take them when they arise.”