It’s three wins on the bounce now for Southampton ladies – but it needed a brilliant last gasp save from England’s 60s veteran goalkeeper Linda Dunham [left] to ensure they beat promoted Winchester 2-1 at Kings’ and put their ninth South Women’s League Division 3B point on the board.
Southampton looked to have secure victory on account of Lou Hopkins’ late goal, but in Winchester’s last ditch attack, Sarah Johns let fly a rasping reverse stick shot – only for Dunham, largely unsighted, to make a marvellous left-hand save and deflect the shot over the bar.
The derby was a high-tempo affair with both teams working hard and having several shots on goal, but thanks to some great defending and goal-keeping at both ends, the score was goal-less until deep into the first half.
Southampton’s efforts paid off and after a quick free hit just outside the Winchester D and a nice little one-two between Ros Wellington & Emma White, Ros pushed the ball into the far corner to put SHC 1-0 up.
Winchester successfully converted a swift counter attack going from one side of the pitch to the other to find ex-Southampton player Sarah Johns, who reversed it into the goal. It was a good move.
The second half continued at the same high-pace and highlighted both teams' fitness and depth of squads, but five minutes from time Ros Wellington won the ball and found Zoe Stride towards the top of the D. Her pass set up Lou Hopkins to dive in for what proved Southampton’s winner. Then came that Linda Dunham save !
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