Ladies football - nail-biting wait for title-chasing Star

Vicky Gallagher scored two goals for Northern Star. Picture: Tim Gates
Vicky Gallagher scored two goals for Northern Star. Picture: Tim Gates
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Peterborough Northern Star Ladies face an anxious three-day wait to discover whether or not they’ve won the East Midlands Premier League title.

They won their final fixture yesterday (April 26) 8-1 against relegated Gedling Town and now need Long Eaton to do them a massive favour on Wednesday night.

Nettleham have to win their last game at Long Eaton to take the title. If they don’t then the championship will go to Northern Star.

Playing at PSL’s ground yesterday, a full strength Star side made sure the title race would go to the last game by putting lowly Gedling to the sword.

After a nervy start, Star got into their stride and Sofia Aragosa settled the nerves with a crisp finish from the edge of the box.

Visibly relaxed by the goal, Star started to play and chances were created. Chanade Henderson helped herself to a brace of goals to give Star a comfortable 3-0 half-time lead.

In the second half further goals from Abbey Young (2), Vicky Gallagher (2) and Lorna Hart gave the goal difference a boost before a late goal for the visitors gave them some consolation.

Nettleham had to match the city team’s result to keep the title race alive and the news that they had beaten Ellistown 2-1 meant that the celebrations had to be put on ice. But Star boss Iredale remains optimistic that Long Eaton can give his team a hand.

He said: “It’s a little hard to understand how the team that’s scored the most goals and conceded the least goals in the league has not already clinched the title but that’s football. “However, the pressure is on Nettleham. They have to win and to be fair, if anybody in the league can raise their game for the occasion, it’s Long Eaton. So hopefully the wait will end on a happy note come Wednesday night.”