Johnson hails successive clean sheets
Posted: Wednesday, January 29th 2020
Sunday, January 13th 2019
Bristol City Women battle past Birmingham to earn win 1-0 on the road and extend their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.
The two sides were evenly matched throughout the early stages of the game and it was Loren Dykes who had the first chance to get the ball into the Birmingham box for Bristol City Women, however, her cross just evaded Lucy Graham and Hampton collected comfortably.
Oxtoby’s side applied a high press throughout the first half and gave Birmingham next to no time to settle on the ball and play which left the home side frustrated.
The opening goal of the game came on the sixteen minute mark as Bristol City Women applied some trickery at a free-kick and the Birmingham defence momentarily switched off which allowed Gemma Evans to break free of her marker and nod the ball past Hampton.
Bristol City continued to press and had another chance at goal as the half-time whistle drew close, Lucy Graham picked out Ella Rutherford with a searching diagonal ball and the forward instinctively pulled the trigger, however, Mannion was across quickly to block the shot.
Follis had the best chance for the hosts on the brink of half-time as she broke through the Bristol City defence before cutting inside Evans and curling an effort towards the far corner, but Sophie Baggaley got down well to her left to tip the ball round the post.
Bristol City Women had a flurry of chances in the opening fifteen minutes of the second half. Hampton pulled off a fine double save to deny Rosella Ayane’s flick towards the far post, before getting down well to her left to keep Lucy Graham’s curling effort out of the bottom corner.
Carla Humphrey also had a great chance to double the visitor’s lead as the ball broke for her inside the Birmingham box, but she snatched at her effort and the ball blazed over the bar from twelve yards out.
Staniforth had the next best chance for the hosts as she rifled a shot at the Bristol City Women goal from the wide channel, but Sophie Baggaley was equal to the effort as she beat the ball clear of any danger.
Birmingham pressed for an equaliser but failed to create a clear cut opportunity, and Bristol City Women almost extended their lead when Carla Humphrey found herself in space inside the box, but as she shot towards goal, Harrop put her body on the line and deflected the shot over the bar.
Tanya Oxtoby’s side would go on to see out the game and take all three points back to the west country and extend their unbeaten run to five games in all competitions.
Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Dykes (C), Kerkdijk, Evans, Pattinson, Brown, Biesmans, Rutherford (Robinson 82’), Graham, Humphrey, Ayane (Kemppi 90’)
Subs: Cumings, Wilson, Payne, Woolley, Rood
Birmingham City: Hampton, Williams, Harrop, Sargeant, Mannion, Ladd, Scott (Quinn 88’), Arthur (Scofield 80’), Staniforth, Follis (Mayling 77’), Wellings
Bristol City Women executed a training ground set-piece to perfection to find Gemma Evans in the box and take the lead, which would ultimately prove to be the winner.
Carla Humphrey, Ella Rutherford and Julie Biesmans stood over the ball and their routine ended up with Biesmans whipping the ball into the danger area to catch Birmingham off-guard and Evans reacted quickest to get in front of Hampton and head the ball in.
There were many contenders for the Bristol City Women Player of the Match accolade this week in what was a fantastic team performance.
Rosella Ayane tormented the Birmingham backline with frightening pace and darting runs, whilst Poppy Pattinson also performed brilliantly, cutting out danger and launching Bristol City Women counter attacks down the left wing, however, Frankie Brown was outstanding throughout the ninety minutes.
She demonstrated great leadership ability for her team as well as driving them forward attack and providing a strong main stay in central midfield to protect the back four.
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