Whites overtake Gunners

Monday 10 December 2001

By Gary Mulcahey

Fulham Ladies Reserves 12 v 2 Ipswich Reserves

Fulham playing at home for the third week in succession stormed clear above Arsenal at the top of the national Reserve League, with a pulsating 12-2 victory over mid-table Ipswich.

Ipswich reserves, whose first team conceded twelve to Fulham last week, arrived with no substitutes, so this was always going to be a long hard game for their players!

Jamaican Ann-Marie Collins started the rout as early as the 4th minute, finishing off from a Warren cross, she was on had again minutes later with a similar effort.

Fulham then wasted a string of good opportunities, Davis and Collins being the chief culprits. Davis made up for her misses when she cut in from the left to side foot home with her right foot.

Ipswich then scored a fine goal with their first attack when Green hit an unstoppable shot, after a hesitant Fulham defence failed to clear.
Natasha Daly then chipped the Ipswich keeper from 20 yards on the stroke of half time.

Second half the Fulham attack were rampant with forwards Collins, Davis and Warren all scoring early on.
On 55 minutes Carter and Lyford were introduced to the foray replacing Davis and Collins, with Kirsty Percival pushing up to centre forward. The chances were still arriving thick and fast; Warren completed her hat trick on 71 minutes with her third, an unstoppable shot that came off the under-side of the bar.

Natasha Daly then bagged two in quick succession, which included a great left foot shot!

One player who deserved a goal was Seun Odeniyi, a new signing this season from Denham Utd, sporting a new look hair do, she waltzed past two defenders and side footed the ball home for Fulham's twelfth.

Ipswich again scored a fantastic goal with Green chipping the luckless Cox, who had not been tested, since the first goal, for her and Ipswich's second goal from two strikes!

A pleasing result for the reserves who now are putting together a good run of victories together. They now make the long journey to Bristol Rovers on Sunday, hoping to stay top of the league going into the Christmas break.