Ipswich Town Women got back to winning ways as they beat Chatham Town 6-1 at The Bauvill Stadium this afternoon. 

Joe Sheehan's side returned from a short break to claim all three points, thanks to a brace from Natasha Thomas and goals from Lenna Gunning-Williams, Bonnie Horwood, Sophie Peskett and Nia Evans. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Lenna Gunning-Williams celebrates her goal with Kyra RobertsonLenna Gunning-Williams celebrates her goal with Kyra Robertson (Image: Ross Halls)

The Tractor Girls took in the lead in the 9th minute when Gunning-Williams received the ball from the left and drifted inside before firing a sensational strike over the head of the keeper from 25-yards. 

It was 2-0 soon after as Town were awarded a penalty in the 12th minute when Lucy O'Brien was fouled inside the area.

Horwood stepped up from 12 yards and slotted home with help from the post.

East Anglian Daily Times: Natasha Thomas celebrates with Bonnie HorwoodNatasha Thomas celebrates with Bonnie Horwood (Image: Ross Halls)

On the 35th minute, the Blues made it three when Peskett delivered a dangerous cross from the right and Thomas slammed home with her second attempt after her initial effort was blocked.

The forward went on to score her brace just before half-time when another Peskett cross caused mayhem inside the Chatham area and Thomas reacted quickest to stab home after Gunning-Williams’ shot was blocked.

East Anglian Daily Times: Sophie Peskett is congratulated for her goal against ChathamSophie Peskett is congratulated for her goal against Chatham (Image: Ross Halls)

It was a very impressive first-half for the Blues who were relentless.

But it took them until the 75th minute to score their fifth goal of the afternoon. 

Gunning-Williams combined with Kyra Robertson, who turned and layed a ball off to Peskett, who shifted onto her left foot before rifling past the keeper. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Ipswich Town Women got back to winning ways.Ipswich Town Women got back to winning ways. (Image: Ross Halls)

The home side did pull a goal back in the 83rd minute  after a defensive mix-up from the Blues allowed Breon Grant to slot into an open net.

Then the Tractor Girls were reduced to ten in stoppage time after Ruby Doe was shown a straight red after reacting to a challenge. 

Substitute Evans had the last word though as she hit a superb strike from distance to round off the win for the Blues. 

Town: Hartley, Mitchell (Barker), Boswell, Wearing (Williams), Hughes, Horwood (c) (Evans), Robertson, Peskett, O'Brien (Doe), Gunning-Williams, Thomas