Fulham Reserves 6 v 1 Southampton Saints
Report from Gary Mulcahey
The Reserves League has now split into two sections, where the top seven clubs all play each other one more time, to see who becomes champions.
Last week the Reserves beat Millwall Lionesses 11-2 and now their second game has resulted in a 6-1 win for the Lilly Whites.
The game was played at a windy Motspur Park among a host of University Cup Finals. The game started badly for Fulham with a superb goal by Jo Lockton of Southampton after just 10 minutes.
The Cottagers were against the wind first half and after conceding the early goal settled down and started to pass the ball well.
A Nicola Carter long throw was flicked on by Jemma Lindfield and Mears was on hand to stab the ball home for the equaliser.
Mears was one of six players that had performed so well for the 1st team last week against Bristol Rovers.
Minutes later Collins put Fulham in front with a tap in after good work by Daly down the left. Fulham's pressure paid off again on the half hour mark when a good break by Karen Mears down the left saw her cross met by Collins who pulled the ball back for Percival to strike home from 12 yards.
The Lilly Whites defence was looking solid with Bennett and Sinclair-Chambers outstanding. A long ball by Bennett found Mears who used her pace to break clear of the Saints defence to slot home past the advancing Little in the Saints goal.
Little pulled off some good saves just before half time from Percival and Collins.
With the wind behind Fulham in the second half some players expected a goal feast but with excellent defending and little performing well in goal it never materialised.
Poor finishing by the Cottagers assisted in the second half being a rather drab affair.
Substitutes Davis, Hynes, who was making her debut after re-signing for Fulham from Chelsea where she was on the coaching staff, and Bucci were introduced.
Collins scored a great volley on 65 minutes and Bennett went close with a terrific shot from the half-way line minutes later.
Fulham were awarded a penalty, when Davis was barged down but Lindfield's shot struck the bar and over for a goalkick.
Mears capped an excellent individual performance with her hat-trick with ten minutes remaining. Saints nearly got a goal back but a shot by Linsey Roe went inches past the post.
Manager Mulcahey, explained "It was another good performance under difficult weather conditions now that we are out the cups, its important to do well in the league. We have four games remaining and they are all tough games but we have great players at this Club and see no reason why we can't finish off with 4 wins!!
Reserves next games is at home to Charlton on the 17th March, 2.00pm Kick-Off.