Fulham ladies march on

Monday 9 September 2002

Una Nwajei scored two whilst Yankey, Unitt, Haugenes and Pederson shared the rest of the spoils when Fulham Ladies put six past Tranmere Rovers at the weekend with no reply.

The team has yet to concede this season. Manager Gaute Haugenes cites the reason for the success of his inpenetrateable back four as their speed and ability to track back at pace. He was particularly pleased for Katrine Pederson who came from defence to score her first Premiership goal of the season, the fifth of the six goals.

Fulham could have been ahead after just eight minutes when Rachel McArthur was brought down in the penalty box but the referee didn't point to the spot and the first goal came instead from a beautiful through ball from Nwajei to Yankey who hit a fantastic strike in to the top corner of the net.

Two minutes later Una Nwajei showed great awareness and skill when she caught a defender napping inside the eighteen-yard box, took the ball and beat the goal-keeper in a one-on-one situation.

A well taken corner by Margunn Haugenes, cleared off the line but headed back in to goal by Rachel Unitt meant Fulham were 3 - 0 up at half-time.

Una Nwajei played a big part in Fulham's fourth that came shortly in to the second half. A cross from Kim Jerray-Silver saw Una out-jump the goalkeeper and head back to Margunn who scored simply in to an open goal.

On 82 minutes another Haugenes corner was met by half time substitute Katrine Pederson whose well taken volley found the back of the net. In the dying minutes of the game Una completed the rout with her second and the sixth goal of the game when she converted a cross from Ronnie Gibbons.

After the encounter captain Katie Chapman announced that she is pregnant, the 20-year-old England International said her and her finance, Mark were thrilled:

"The Club has been incredibly supportive and although I won't be playing competitive football over the coming months I will continue to be a big part of the team. Not only will I continue to take part in light training sessions but I will be working on behalf of the Club in the promotion of the team and the women's game"

Katie, who has been playing football since she was ten years old, will continue light training until early in the New Year when she will start her maternity leave. She will have a programme especially designed for her to keep her healthy and fit during her pregnancy.

Manager, Gaute Haugenes, said:

"She will be greatly missed but we wish her the best of luck. She has been a brilliant player for us and I hope that she will brilliant again for us in the future. Other female players have shown that they can even come back from childbirth as even better players!"

Team: Smith, Jerray-Silver., Duncan, Philip, Unitt (Gibbins 55), McArthur, Chapman (Pederson 46), Haugenes, Moore (Rahman 55), Nwajei, Yankey.