Ladies football - sweet revenge for Northern Star

Action from the game between Peterborough Northern Star Ladies and Long Eaton. Picture: Tim Gates
Action from the game between Peterborough Northern Star Ladies and Long Eaton. Picture: Tim Gates

It was six of the best for the second week running as Peterborough Northern Star Ladies beat East Midlands Premiership rivals Long Eaton 6-1 yesterday (March 1).

They followed up last week’s 6-0 win at Grimsby with another comprehensive victory at the Mick George Arena to make it six league wins on the trot.

And it was a result that also saw Northern Star gain sweet revenge after losing to Long Eaton back in November - their only loss this season.

Playing into a strong headwind, the city side dominated the game from the first whistle and created several chances that were spurned before full-back Larissa Fredericks made a box-to-box 80-yard run before crossing into the opposition’s 18-yard box. The ball was only cleared to the edge of the box and skipper Jodie Bartle was first to react to fire home.

With the wind behind them in the second half, Star continued to control the match and it was Fredericks who again provided the assist for Vicky Gallagher to simply slot home.

The visitors did not give up though and they gave themselves a lifeline with a goal five minutes later to make it 2-1.

However, this simply served to spur Star on and skipper Bartle led by example by winning a loose ball in the six-yard box and hitting an unstoppable left-foot shot into the roof of the net.

Fredericks, playing more as a left winger than a left-back, provided another assist for the fourth goal, this time Chanade Henderson finding the back of the net for 4-1 lead.

With the opposition now tiring, Lorna Hart marked her return to football with her first and Star’s fifth goal after 75 mins and midfielder Abbey Young made it 6-1 after 85 minutes sneaking in at the far post to head home a free-kick from Gallagher.

Star boss Steve Iredale said: “Long Eaton have proved to be our bogey team in the past but this performance certainly put a marker down. I could tell from the atmosphere in the dressing room before the game that the ladies knew the importance of the fixture and the fact that we ‘owed’ Long Eaton a beating after they took our 100% winning streak away back in November.

“Make no mistake, they’re a good team – two of their strikers are in the top five of the league’s top goalscorers.

“But we kept them quiet all game and on our own goalscoring front it was good to have five different scorers on the sheet today - indeed the 12 goals we’ve scored in the last two games have been shared among seven players.

“It was also pleasing to see players playing in new positions as injuries meant we had to juggle the formation a little. Both Leah Barnes and Larissa Fredericks did well in that respect.”

Star now have a weekend break before taking on Burton Park Ladies in the League Cup semi-final on March 15 and then a week later the same team in the Northants County Cup final.