Sophie Welton hits four as Town Ladies run riot in 9-0 trouncing

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton - Credit: Archant

FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One Ipswich Town 9 Haringey Borough 0 Ipswich Town Ladies bounced back from last Sunday’s disappointing FA Cup exit to Charlton with an emphatic 9-0 trouncing of bottom of the league Haringey Borough at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe, writes Kieren Standley.

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton - Credit: Archant

Four goals from winger Sophie Welton, two for skipper Amanda Crump and other goals from Miagh Downey, Cassie Craddock and Natasha Thomas saw the Blues, in fifth place with a game in hand, continue to make the teams above them look nervously over their shoulders.

It took Town just nine minutes to take the lead, Harriet Petley played an outstanding through ball to Welton, with the winger rounding Haringey keeper Chericish Young and firing into an open net.

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton - Credit: Archant

Three minutes later and the Blues doubled their advantage, this time Downey raced onto a Jordan Arnoup through ball and fired low past the onrushing Young.

Welton then struck again for the dominant Blues as she fired into the bottom left corner from just inside the area, following Crump’s intricate ball through.

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton - Credit: Archant


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Crump would then get herself on the score sheet, with the Town skipper bundling the ball over the line following a calamitous mistake from Young.

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Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton - Credit: Archant

Goal number five arrived on the stroke of half-time when Natasha Thomas forced the ball through to Welton, and with Young in no man’s land, the winger confidently tucked home, sealing her hat-trick.

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Welton’s incredible day would continue in the second half when she poked home from close range after Crump’s corner caused chaos in the Haringey area.

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton - Credit: Archant

Five minutes later, the Tractor Girls got their seventh, this time Craddock notched her 10th goal of the season, beating the keeper with a tidy finish after some excellent play down the right from Gemma Moore.

Moore would then turn provider for a second time when she delivered an excellent deep cross to the back post, with Crump steering home for goal number eight.

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton - Credit: Archant

The rout was completed at the death when the impressive Moore whipped the ball in for Thomas, who claimed her 12th goal of the season with a close range header.

The Blues return to action this Sunday away at fellow promotion hopefuls Leyton Orient. The two teams have met twice already this season with the O’s winning the reverse league fixture 2-0 and Town knocking the East London club out of the FA Cup 4-2, after extra-time.

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton

Smiles all round for four goal hero Sophie Welton - Credit: Archant

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