Peterborough Northern Star remain on course for the East Midlands League Premiership title after a convincing win yesterday (January 11).
The city side beat a young but spirited Notts County Development side 3-0 at the Mick George Arena and stay second in the table - six points behind Eastwood but with four games in hand.
However, while it was good news on the result front it was bad news on the injury front as recent new signing Kim Bebbington had to be carried off after appearing to injure knee ligaments after just 10 minutes.
This meant a bit of a re-shuffle as substitute Leah Barnes, herself just recovering after a nasty bout of flu, had to be called into action a lot sooner than expected.
Star were already one goal to the good before the injury blow with Donna Nicholls putting them in front after chipping the goalkeeper from 25 yards.
Star’s dominance meant the visitors were pinned back into their own half for much of the first half and Sofia ‘Pirlo’ Aragosa doubled the lead with a well taken half-volley from the edge of the box.
The second half saw more of the same with Star pressing at every opportunity although the final ball seemed to be letting the team down on more occasions than not.
However, after 70 minutes a third goal appeared to have arrived for Star when they were awarded a penalty for a handball offence.
But, to everyone’s surprise, Nicholls had a spot-kick saved for the first time in her career.
A few minutes later they did make it 3-0 though when Chanade Henderson outwitted her opposing full-back to score from six yards out.
Star boss Steve Iredale was happy with the win but disappointed to possibly loose another player to a long-term injury.
“Hopefully Kim’s injury is not a serious one,” he said. “she’s just joined the team and has made big contributions already.
“However, it was good to see that commitment from Leah Barnes who literally got out of her sickbed to play.
“Although we were not as free-scoring as in our previous two games we pressed well and restricted Notts to very few chances.”
Star take a break from league duties this weekend to travel to Thrapston Ladies in the Northants Ladies County Cup.