Leicester City Women Football Club

Dugmore and Axten braces seal victory

Photos: Kevin Clarke

Jonathan Morgan made just one change for the trip to struggling AFC Guiseley with Scotland U19 international Rachel Brown coming back in, in place of Charlotte Greengrass.

The Foxes started slowly in the first half and again faced a resolute defence in AFC Guiseley which had troubled them just two weeks earlier. The deadlock was finally broken 25 minutes into the game when Rosie Axten chipped the ball over the defensive line for Leigh Dugmore to chase down and the striker rose perfectly to meet it with a deft lob over the keeper and into the back of the net.

The Foxes could have been out of sight before half time as both Sophie Domingo and Ellie May had chances to extend their lead with both failing to connect fully with strikes from inside the area. Jonathan Morgan’s side were almost punished just before the break when Charlotte Clarke was called into a double save to first deny former Fox Fiona Worts’ effort before tipping a rebound onto the crossbar and out for a corner.

Leicester looked the brighter of the two sides early in the second half and their persistence paid off when Rosie Axten did well to cut inside on the left hand side, beating two defenders before powering her shot low into the bottom corner to give the Foxes some breathing space.

With Guiseley now being forced to push forward in search of a way back into the game, Leicester found gaps to exploit and Leigh Dugmore was played in perfectly by Sophie Domingo and the inform striker calmly slotted the ball past the on-coming keeper to net her 16th of the season.

City’s top three scorers will all be battling it out for top scorer come the end of the season, with Sophie Domingo taking her tally to 14 last Sunday, the youngster provided two assists in this game against Guiseley with her second setting up Rosie Axten’s 20th goal of the season and the Foxes 4th of the afternoon inside the final few minutes.

Full Time: AFC Guiseley 0 – LCWFC 4

Reaction

After the game, LCWFC Captain Holly Morgan was delighted to have picked up the three points including the reaction shown by the players after the defeat to Guiseley just two weeks prior;

“We had to graft hard at yesterday’s game and whilst it wasn’t our most convincing performance, we stuck at it and deservedly took home the 3 points. After dropping points the other week at home to Guiseley, I feel we managed the game much better this time round.”

Where Do We Stand?

Victory over Guiseley has moved the Foxes back into the top two, now sitting just 5 points behind league leaders Middlesbrough with a game in hand.

FA Women's Premier League - Northern Division

PosTeamPGDPts
1Blackburn Rovers Ladies215053
2Leicester City223043
3Middlesbrough211242
4Stoke City Women211037
5Huddersfield Town Ladies211935

Where next?

The Foxes are back in action on Wednesday night as they host West Bromwich Albion, the match is a 7:45pm kick off at Quorn FC’s Farley Way Stadium (LE12 8RB). Leicester City are also in cup final action on Sunday as they travel to Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium to take on Blackburn Rovers in the FA WPL League Cup Final.