Solihull faced newly promoted Long Eaton at Hampton FC, in their second home match in three weeks. Finding themselves in some form and currently unbeaten in March, Solihull went out to prove a point as a frustrating away tie back in November saw them lose 2-1, against their dominance and control of the tie.
A fast-paced opening 10 minutes saw Courtney hit the post twice, after some brilliant combination play with Davies, Jones and K. Taylor down the right hand side. Further chances fell in the next 35 minutes, but not as clear as in the opening minutes. With Long Eaton not troubling Woolley in the Solihull goal and with the home side dominating possession, it frustratingly went to half time with the scores even. 0-0
It was a scappy second half with Solihull still dominating the tie and Long Eaton threatening a little more through the tireless work rate of their numbers 12 and 7. Dickinson, joining the tie at half-time, had a near instant impact and on 58 minutes she latched onto a loose ball on the left hand side, played a beautiful defence-splitting pass for Jones to run onto and beat the keeper, poking it into the back of the net. 1-0 Solihull
Long Eaton didn't really recover from this first goal, and apart from a fine effort that ricocheted off the Solihull bar, never really threatened Woolley. Davies had held the ball well all game and had caused problems for the Long Eaton defence all afternoon; she got her reward on 78minutes by beating a defender on the edge of the box and slotting in to the keepers left hand side. 2-0 Solihull
A scrappy final 15 minutes saw the tie out, and Solihull with a deserved 3 points.
Sarah Westwood on the result: "I am pleased with 3 points and a clean sheet, but I do feel disappointed with our performance overall. We knew that if we played simple combinations we would beat this side, but we weren't in command for long enough periods of time and should have been 3-0 up in the first 15 minutes with the opportunities we had. I am however chuffed for the girls. They've worked really hard to get a run of form going - we all knew it would come. Unbeaten in March? Great feeling".
This now takes the team to 7 points in 3 games, with 6 games left to go in the league. The next match is away to Steel City Wanderers, on the 2nd April.
Team: Woolley, K. Taylor, Parkes (70' A. Taylor), Hargreaves, Williams, Courtney (C), White, Jones, Grieve (45' Dickinson), Harmison, Davies. Subs unused: Plumb, Bovan, Gutteridge