Pools Women’s Team boss Craig Devon has challenged his players to remain unbeaten for the rest of the season after seeing them thrash York City 7-1 on Sunday.
Devon’s side weren’t at their fluent best for much of the Dyke House contest, but their extra strength and fitness told in the final 25 minutes as they blew their visitors away with a five-goal blast.
Having beaten York 5-1 in the away fixture earlier in the season, Pools were big favourites to collect three points and went in front on ten minutes when Jade Pye struck a low finish in off the post from the edge of the area.
However, the expected avalanche of goals didn’t follow immediately as some determined defending frustrated Pools and the City keeper made good saves to deny Lottie Portas and Caitlin Bates.
The visitors grew in confidence and got back on level terms when a well-measured ball over the top freed the striker and she rammed home a clinical finish to give Pools keeper Amy Campbell no chance.
The lead was regained eight minutes before the break when Bates played a one-two with Pye on the edge of the box before unleashing an unstoppable left-foot drive right in to the top corner of the net.
Pools could even have gone in to half-time 3-1 in front when Justine Robinson bullied her way in to possession on the edge of the penalty area but she drove her low shot just wide of the post.
Skipper Robinson had another chance early in the second half after a clever ball in behind from Bates but this time her first-time shot was well-saved by the City keeper.
As the half wore on, Pools’ constant probing was visibly draining the visiting players and Robinson made it 3-1 on 65 minutes with a wonderful curling finish from the left corner of the box which opened the floodgates.
Four minutes later it was 4-1 when York made a meal of fully clearing a corner and substitute Robyn Ingram chipped home a delicious finish from twenty yards.
The fifth goal arrived on 71 minutes as Bates left her marker for dead on the right before swinging over a vicious cross which the keeper couldn’t deal with and Lucy Hammond-Garrington pounced to fire home the loose ball.
Substitute Hammond-Garrington doubled her tally with eight minutes remaining when she bravely slid in among a pile of bodies to prod home the sixth goal before Robinson nabbed her second of the game with a perfect lobbed finish after a good through ball from Pye to make it 7-1.
“It was a dramatic change from first half to second,” admitted Devon afterwards.
“We changed things at half-time to try and get more bodies up front and the girls adjusted really well, which has been a real strong point this season.
“Once the third goal went in we were in control of the game, got a few more goals and kept the ball really well too.
“The target now is to finish second and win the League Cup – I don’t expect to lose another game, that’s the simple way of putting it, and hopefully the team can rise to that challenge.”
Full Time: Pools 7 York City 1
Pools: Campbell, Bartlett (Carter 75), Duffy-Smith, Stuart, Stabler, Rowbotham, Smith (Hammond-Garrington 65), Robinson, Portas (Ingram 55), Bates (Hampson 77), Pye.