Leicester City Women Football Club

Reserves Review: Ending 2017 top of the league!

Leicester City Women Reserves picked up a very important win away to West Bromwich Albion Women to end 2017 top of the league.

Leah Grant’s side had struggled to convert chances in the first half until Mai Moncaster’s strike was enough to seal 3 vital points for the Foxes.

Leicester hadn’t played since a 2-1 defeat to Derby County in the League Cup back in mid-November so it was pleasing for Leah Grant to see her side come out fighting.

“Going into the game, we knew it would be a tough fixture with West Brom unsettling us in our last meeting with them. Baring in mind we haven’t played for 4 weeks I was immensely proud of the girls ability to switch on straight away and start the game off strong. We had numerous chances in the first half and we could have been 3-0 up at the break.”

The win sees Leicester move back above Coventry United to the top of the league and open up a two-point gap. Goalscorer Mai Moncaster was delighted with both her effort and the teams effort throughout the 90 minutes.

“We opened the first half at a good tempo, we had many shots which didn’t find the back of the net, but after dominating the half, an opportunity for me opened where I saw the keeper off her line. The indescribable feeling of scoring the winner in an important game left me delighted and the team are top of the league for Christmas. The girls put in 100% through to the final whistle to ensure that we took the 3 points and won the game.”

Leicester’s first game of 2018 sees them host local rivals Nottingham Forest on 7th January at Riverside Pavilion and whilst the Foxes will be hoping that they can continue their impressive 4-league-game winning streak into the new year, for now, Leah Grant is relieved to have seen her side move back to the top of the league with a vital win over West Brom.

“Mai is a reliable player with the hunger to score in the attacking midfield role. It gave us what we needed to settle down and play football. The second half was flat at time and West Brom tested us but we battled and held on for an enormous win which sits us top of the league for Christmas.”