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Report: Bristol City Women 2-1 Yeovil Town Ladies

Bristol City Women battled past a resilient Yeovil Town Ladies to earn a 2-1 victory and extend their unbeaten run to six games in all competitions. 

Lucy Graham’s penalty and Rosella Ayane’s deflected effort saw Tanya Oxtoby’s side come from a goal behind to claim all three points and leapfrog Reading Women to fifth in the Women’s Super League table. 


What Happened? 

Bristol City Women began the game in the ascendancy and had the best opportunity to opening the scoring when Loren Dykes’ ball into the danger area almost found Ella Rutherford, but Hannah Short managed to get in front of the forward and hook the ball clear. 

Annie Heatherson had the best chance for the visitors in the first period with a curling effort from the edge of the eighteen-yard box, but her shot failed to find the target as it flashed inches over the bar. 

Julie Biesmans had an opportunity to put the home side ahead on the brink of half-time as she stepped up to take a free-kick from twenty yards out, but Walsh comfortably dealt with the Belgian’s attempt. 

No less than two minutes after play resumed in the second half the visitors were ahead. Megan Alexander’s low ball into the box found its way to the feet of Annie Heatherson, who placed the ball into the bottom corner and gave her side the lead. 

Ella Rutherford in action (via JMPUK)

Bristol City Women upped the tempo after falling behind and were rewarded ten minutes later as Loren Dykes’ ball into the box was blocked by the outstretched hand of Emily Donovan and the referee pointed to the spot. 

Lucy Graham continued her impressive scoring form and stepped up to cooly stroke the ball into the bottom corner and bring her side level. 

The hosts then claimed the lead in the seventy-second minute after Rosella Ayane’s deflected effort found the back of the Yeovil net. 

Graham picked up a loose ball and found Ayane on the edge of the area, who instinctively pulled the trigger and rifled a shot on goal which took a slight deflection off Bonnie Horwood and nestled in the back of the net. 

Oxtoby’s side continued to apply pressure and almost had a third when Julie Biesmans unleashed a powerful left-footed attempt on goal, but her shot flashed just wide of the upright and the home side went on to see out the remainder of the game. 


Teams: 

Bristol City Women: Baggaley, Dykes (C), Kerkdijk, Evans, Pattinson, Brown, Biesmans, Humphrey, Rutherford (Harrison 60’), Graham, Ayane 

Subs: Cumings (GK), Kemppi, Payne, Wilson, Robinson, Woolley

Yeovil Town Ladies: Walsh, Alexander, Short, Horwood, Heatherson, Mason, Donovan (Cousins 88’), Buxton (Syme 80’), Evans, McLauchlan, Bloomfield (Fergusson 60’)

Subs: Goddard, Gaylor, Howard


Key moment: 

After falling behind Bristol City Women needed to get themselves back in the game and the home side got their opportunity after the referee awarded a penalty for a handball from Emily Donovan.

Dykes proved to be a nuisance on the right hand side for Yeovil all afternoon and it was one of her many balls into the box that struck the hands of Donovan. 

Graham made the step up an duly dispatched the spot kick to bring her side level. 


Player of the match: 

Rosella Ayane led the line superbly for Bristol City Women and was a constant threat to the Yeovil defence with her turn of pace and desire to break the line. 

Her efforts were rewarded midway through the second period as she picked the ball up twenty yards out and found the back of the net with a left-footed strike, which would prove to be the winner and secure all three points for her side.


Photo of the match:

Ayane celebrates the winner (via JMPUK).