Peterborough Northern Star Ladies boss Steve Iredale spent Sunday (September 13) night wondering how his team slipped to a 6-2 defeat at Rotherham after squandering a two-goal lead.
Star opened the scoring in the FA Women’s Premier League game after just 10 minutes when Jess Farchica crisply volleyed home a corner from Emily Ingle. Abbey Young made it 2-0 15 minutes later bundling home from short range after the keeper failed to deal with a 45-yard free-kick from Samara Iredale.
However, Rotherham hit back to reduce the deficit after 30 minutes with a well struck shot from the edge of the box and equalised after 40 minutes capitalising on a defensive mistake and finishing with a well struck shot from 30 yards.
In the second half Rotherham grabbed the advantage by scoring the crucial third goal and as Star went in search of an equaliser they left gaps at the back.
But again it was defensive errors as opposed to creativity by the opposition that undid Star as Rotherham hit three more goals to run out 6-2 winners.
Iredale said: “Today we realised that at this level you cannot afford to switch off even if you’re two goals in front.
“We slackened off and paid the price. However, it’s a learning curve for us at this level and we’ll know better for next time.”
Star Ladies meanwhile have been given a tough but glamorous tie in the first round of the Premier League Plate competition.
After hosting Premier League Derby County in the qualifying round last month, Star have been drawn away to Premier League Newcastle United Ladies in the first round of the plate.
Iredale said: “The ladies were buzzing when they first heard of the draw. Then one of them googled how far it actually is to Newcastle and the celebrations were somewhat muted!”
The tie on October 4 sees a round trip of over 400 miles for the ladies and the club is hoping to find a local coach company willing to help out with travel for the trip.
“In a perfect world we would look to go up on the Saturday and stay over so at least we’d be fresh for the game on Sunday but Scotland play South Africa at St James’s Park on the Saturday in the Rugby World Cup so there’s not a spare hotel room in Newcastle,” added Iredale.
“So it looks like an early start on Sunday morning for the team. Mind you a victory would make the return journey quite a special one.”
Any local travel companies that could help out are invited to give Iredale a call on 07944 574131.