United grab second place in the league
Comfortable win over Rovers with sixth clean sheet in seven
United finished the season with a comfortable win over Rovers to secure second place in the league, a point ahead of Luton Town academy. Rachel Moffat started hot off the blocks with two sighters which narrowly missed, before curling a fantastic shot in from outside the area just under the bar for 1-0. Amelia Enright and Jasmine Page worked well up front, moving the ball to Lizzy Richardson whose shot hit the bar. Chloe Fuller dribbled through the Rovers defence and finished coolly with a shot into the corner to double the lead. Page tried tirelessly to get on the scoresheet seeing two shots saved by the busy Rovers keeper and Savannah Shepherd was foiled from close range. At the back, the defence had little to do but Charlotte Mulford had to leave her area to clear a long through ball.
Jordan Barron played in an advanced role in the second half as United switched positions, crossing well and passing to Richardson for her her to flash a shot into the corner for a third. Jade Lindars ran well on the left and Enright linked up with Esme Saunders whose shot was saved. Toddington had a flurry of pressure forcing a few corners and stretching Mulford into a save, but the action remained largely at the other end. Barron, Enright and Fuller all went close and Saunders attempted a lob which the keeper clung onto. Richardson hit a cross-cum-shot from the right which found its way through everyone into the far corner for number four.
It seemed all over, but Richardson then crossed for Lucie Webster to smash in her first goal of the season in the final minute of the season, having been pushed up front from her normal defensive duties.
United finished the season well with six clean sheets in seven games, Mulford, Webster, Carey and Stewart proving to be a resolute defensive unit. Swift passing moves became a feature of the midfield- Moffat, Barron, Lindars, Fuller, Shepherd and Enright being a match for anyone; up front, Richardson, Page and Saunders worked hard to create and to put the chances away. United finshed their 20 matches with 16 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats, scoring 63 goals and conceding only 12. Moffat finished as top scorer with 24 goals and Richardson bagged 16.