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Report: Bristol City Women 1-0 Yeovil Town Ladies

City Women got their first win of the WSL 1 season, as they defeated Yeovil Town 1-0 in an intense derby clash at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

A first-half strike from Loren Dykes ensured the Vixens took their first points of the season.

The first half was dominated by the hosts, with a number of chances created through free flowing, attacking football.

The home side saw a flurry of opportunities come and go before Dykes broke the deadlock just before the half-hour mark, bundling the ball home from close range after Yana Daniels had cut in from the left to provide a cross to the far post.

Lauren Hemp had already forced two early saves from Yeovil goalkeeper Megan Walsh before Charlie Estcourt shot over the top from six yards out.

City Women could have extended their lead in the 34th minute but Hemp saw her shot from 22 yards crash off the crossbar before Danique Kerkdijk’s shot from a corner was deflected a foot wide of the post.

The visitors didn’t pose much of a threat in the opening period, but came far more into the game in the second half.

Nicola Cousins was only inches away from turning home a free kick from Gemma Evans as the ball zipped away off a greasy surface.

City Women keeper Sophie Baggaley was twice called into action to thwart Yeovil’s Kayleigh Green as the Somerset club tried to in vain to conjure up a leveller.

City held firm for a hard fought victory, heading into Arsenal next Sunday at Borehamwood (12:30pm kick-off).

MATCH REACTION

City Women boss Willie Kirk spoke of his delight at getting off the mark this season, saying: "The game was probably better for the neutral than it was for me. I thought in the first half we were outstanding but in the second we were never really on it, and I don't know what happened.

"But it was a good win and at the end of the day it's about putting points on the board - even if it wasn't from a perfect performance.

"We lost 6-0 at Chelsea last week, but I didn't really need to pick the girls up this week - they did that themselves and trained really well.

"It was important we got this win against Yeovil because it takes some of the pressure off us. We took three points without really playing at our maximum and that gives us something to build on.”

Bristol City Women: Baggaley; Brown (P.Wilson 65), Kerkdijk, Turner; Dykes, Arthur, Biesmans (Allen 82), Humphrey (Fergussson 73), Daniels; Hemp, Estcourt. Subs not used: Watson, Palmer, Woodham, E.Wilson.

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