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Women Roar Back To Form At Wallsend

28 January 2019

Caitlin Bates Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Pools forward Caitlin Bates

Pools Women’s Team got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Sunday as they brought home all three points from their trip to Wallsend.

Craig Devon’s side had been left stunned by back-to-back defeats for the first time this season but responded in style on Tyneside to run out 4-2 winners in the NERWFL Premier Division.

The first goal arrived on the quarter-hour mark when Jenni Duffy-Smith’s dangerous corner was met well by Sarah Rowbotham to nod Pools in to a 1-0 lead.

However, the lead was short-lived as the hard-working and determined hosts got back on level terms on 20 minutes, responding with a well-worked corner of their own to make it 1-1.

The rest of the first half was a fairly open affair, with both sides playing some good football and creating some opportunities but it remained all-square going in at the break.

Devon made some tweaks to the team shape during half-time and it paid instant dividends when Jessica Dawson produced some smart work down the left to send the ball across to Caitlin Bates who fired home just a minute in to the second half.

The goal prompted Pools to take a stronger hold on the game and they looked certain to increase their lead, only for a lapse in concentration at the back to allow Wallsend to once again draw level on 65 minutes.

Pools responded well though and within three minutes they were back in front, Bates again the scorer as she helped herself to a second of the game to make it 3-2.

Dawson then got in on the act when she netted the fourth goal with a clean strike from the left-hand side of the area and that was the moment which finished off Wallsend’s challenge.

Pools saw the game out relatively comfortably after that, benefitting from the introduction of skipper Justine Robinson for the final twenty minutes as she returned from hamstring trouble.

“After two defeats we needed to shake off some negativity with the team,” admitted Devon.

“We had to make a decision at half-time to change things and it could have gone either way after that but I always believed that the girls would be able to adjust to what we wanted.

“There were a number of contenders for Player of the Match today but everyone played their part in a real team performance and an excellent result.”

Full Time: Wallsend 2 Pools 4

Pools: Smith, Stabler, Bartlett, Duffy-Smith, Smith, Ingram (Robinson 70), Rowbotham, Hampson (Stuart 46), Bates (Hammond-Garrington 75), Pye, Dawson (Carter 80).

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