Hartlepool United Ladies kept the pressure on at the top of the North East Regional Women’s League with a convincing win at Prudhoe Ladies on Sunday.
Boss Andy Stuart’s selection was affected by injuries and work commitments but those that came in to the side produced an outstanding display of effort and desire to run out 4-1 winners.
It took just 13 minutes for Pools to open the scoring when Lottie Portas set off on a fine run down the left and, when her shot was parried by the keeper, Jo Hurrell was there to score from the rebound.
A second goal arrived just after the half-hour mark as Pools again made good progress down the left flank and, when Prudhoe failed to deal with a delivery in to the box, Laura Wilson was there to smash the ball home for 2-0.
Pools made it 3-0 inside the first minute of the second half when Jade Pye produced great work to set Justine Robinson through on goal and she calmly rounded the keeper to roll the ball in to the net.
Prudhoe pulled one back on 53 minutes with a fantastic long-range strike which left Pools keeper Abbie Richardson with no chance.
However, Robinson secured the victory with a little over fifteen minutes remaining when she again run through the home defence to make it 4-1.
“It was a much-changed squad which was always going to make it more difficult for us,” Stuart told us afterwards.
“However, we played very well and could even have scored more goals near the end but, overall, it was a thoroughly-deserved win.
“We now have some big fixtures coming up in the league as well as a Durham County Cup semi-final to look forward to so there are some challenges ahead which we have to approach with confidence.”
Full Time: Prudhoe Ladies 1 Hartlepool United Ladies 4
Richardson, Bartlett, Duffy-Smith, Robinson, Rowbotham, Wilson (Henderson 60), Portas, Basnett, Pye (Ingold 65), Hurrell, Smith (Ord 46).Pools: