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1st May 17
Loughborough Students 1 Solihull Ladies 4
Harmison Brace Secures Solihull's Status in FA Women's Premier League

Solihull travelled to Loughborough to face an already relegated side, needing just three points to remove themselves from the relegation battle at the foot of the Midlands Division One table.

Kicking off a little after 2pm, Solihull were instantly on the front foot and controlling the tie. Having lots of possession and no real threat made from Loughborough, the away side went close from set pieces and some long range efforts from the midfield trio of Jones, Dickinson and Hawkins.  It was however Davies who broke the deadlock, making her way back into the side after injury. A corner from Dickinson fell to Davies inside the box, who slotted in past the Loughborough keeper. 0-1  26'.

Harmison and Howard worked tirelessly on the Solihull wings, and on 40 minutes Harmison created herself a foot of space coming in off the left hand wing and hit a looping strike over the keeper for her first goal of the season - a very important second goal for Solihull

0-2 at half time.

The tempo of the match was quite flat and this continued into the second half, but Loughborough responded to the score line by putting two players up front and started to cause more problems for Solihull, regularly breaking successfully down the left hand wing.

The tie, however, was concluded when Harmison bagged her brace with an identical goal to her strike in the first half.  0-3  62'.

Changes were made by both sides, but it was Solihull who again went on to clinch the next goal; a header from Hawkins, from a pin-point corner delivered by Dickinson.  0-4  74'. 

Two minutes later Loughborough broke down the left wing and played a defence-splitting pass to get a goal back    1-4.

Solihull continued to dominate and had further chances through Gutteridge, Jeffries and Harmison for her hat-trick, but the match ended 1-4.

Sarah Westwood on the result: 

  I am pleased with our first half performance, but we could have been much, much better in the second half - I wanted a clean sheet from the team today. However, that said, we came to get 3 points and that's what we did.  I'm really happy that Pip has got herself on the score sheet; she has worked so hard for us since she joined and she deserves some goals against her name. Now we are out of the relegation battle and have secured ourselves in the league, we can hopefully relax and enjoy our final two matches of the season and play without any pressure.

I've heard the phrase 'stronger together' used by managers and coaches before, but I now truly understand its meaning. The girls have such a good relationship with each other - we are like a family. That is what has got us through this season and this is what will bring us back together to fight even harder next season".

Solihull:  Woolley, Grieve (Bovan 65'), Hargreaves (Parkes 75'), Plumb, Howard, Hawkins, Dickinson (C), Jones, Harmison, Davies (Gutteridge 65'), Jeffries. Subs unused:  Brown, Taylor

Final matches:

7th May away to Leicester City Ladies FC

14th May home to The New Saints Ladies FC - join us to celebrate our season with a post-match BBQ!   Hampton FC, Field Lane, B91 2RT.

 

 

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