By Gary Mulcahey
FULHAM RESERVES 15 V 0 QPR RESERVES
When most games were victims of the weather including the ladies first team away to Birmingham City in the FA Cup, the reserves played a league game on a beautiful surface at Motspur Park.
Fulham played a struggling QPR side who have lost a number of key players due to their merger with Wembley Mill Hill, and it was always going to be 3 points for the Cottagers, and more a question of how many goals it would take!
Although Fulham dominated the first half they squandered a vast amount of chances. Gemma Davis and Jodi Clarke were the main offenders, but after Natasha Daly opened the scoring after 22 minutes, Clakre and Davis did score later for Fulham to go in at half time 3-0 up.
Harsh words by manager Mulcahey about finishing seemed to sink in when in a 20 minute spell saw six goals scored.
Nicola Carter scored her first goal for the season with a well hit shot, then the Cottagers defenders go in on the action with headers from McAuley and Lindfield from Percival corners, and great solo efforts from Bennett and Sinclair-Chambers, the latter again scoring her first goal of the season.
QPR although working hard, their heads were down and Daly knocked in her second on 65 mins, it then became the Collins show when she entered the field along with Verity Lyford on 66 minutes.
Collins scored a hat trick in ten scintillating minutes, and in the last five minutes Percival struck a well-deserved 13th goal for Fulham, Davis and Nicola Carter both got their second goals to take the score to 15.
The QPR keeper performed heroics, and kept the score down to 15 when it could easily have been nearer 20.
The Fulham reserve squad will now field two teams this week as the first team are away in Germany.
The reserves will entertain Newport's first team in the National Premier League(South) and a squad of reserves and under 16's will play away to Newport reserves in the National Reserve League. This will be a good test to see how strong the club is as far as its women's section is concerned and hopefully both teams' unbeaten league records will be intact on the return of the first team next week.