Tractor Girls get back to winning ways by beating league leaders

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

National League Division One South East Ipswich Town 2 Billericay Town 0 Ipswich Town Women ended a run of six games without a win by beating table-toppers Billericay Town 2-0 at the Goldstar Ground in Felixstowe on Wednesday night, writes Kieran Standley.

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Natasha Thomas headed Ipswich in front just before half-time, with summer signing Natalie Richardson sealing the three points after the break with her first goal for the club.

Town came out of the blocks flying with Toni-Anne Wayne unlucky to see her glancing header drop into the keeper’s hands before Thomas terrified the Billericay backline with her immense pace and struck the crossbar with a fizzing effort from just inside the area.

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Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Richardson was next to go close as she spotted Nikita Runnacles off her line and forced the scrambling goalkeeper to into a reaction save.

Ipswich continued to pile on the pressure and it wasn’t long before they were rewarded for their endeavour.


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Cassie Craddock floated in a corner from the right and Thomas was on hand to tower above her Billericay markers and head Town into the lead on the stroke of half-time.

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

The goal marked the first time this season that Ipswich had taken the lead in a game as they headed into the break deservedly in front.

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After the restart, Town once again came out with intensity and went close early on in the half as Wayne blasted narrowly over from the edge of the area.

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Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town FC Women players celebrate their opening goal Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

However, just moments later the Tractor Girls did double their advantage as Mollie DeBell’s terrific flick-on forced a mistake from Danica Dougal, allowing Richardson to pick up the loose ball and fire over Runnacles’ head from 20-yards.

Town weren’t done there, with full-back Jac Ball firing narrowly wide of the post with a strong first-time effort before DeBell was unlucky not to meet Richardson’s dangerous corner.

The visitors in truth had rarely threatened until they gave Town a scare in the dying moments as substitute Sophie Vale saw her effort rebound off the post.

Ipswich would hold on for a well-earned first home win of the season, claiming their first clean-sheet in the process.

The Tractor Girls return to action this Sunday at home to Denham United.

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