Leicester City Women Football Club

Season Review Part 8: March

Despite exiting the FA Cup in February, optimism was still high around the LCWFC camp as the Foxes looked forward to the FAWPL League Cup Semi Final as well as a number of key league matches in the coming weeks.

LCWFC 4 – 2 Lewes FC
Date: Sunday 11th March 2018
Competition: FA WPL Cup (Semi Final)
Venue: Farley Way Stadium
Goalscorers: Leigh Dugmore ’12, Holly Morgan ’16, Sophie Domingo ’46 ’52 | Amy Taylor ’10, Sarah Kempson ’90+4

Having reached the Semi Final of the FA WPL Plate last season, Jonathan Morgan’s side were disappointed to have been knocked out in a narrow 1-0 defeat to Lewes FC, this season, having reached the Semi-Final of the FA WPL Cup, the Foxes were again faced with a tough match at home to Lewes FC.

It was the visitors who started the match the brighter, with Charlotte Clarke being forced into an early save after just 4 minutes as Lewes FC looked to gain an early strong-hold on the match. They were rewarded just 6 minutes later after City failed to deal with a corner and the ball was fired home by Amy Taylor at the second attempt.

Lewes’ lead didn’t last long though, as Leigh Dugmore single handedly brought the Foxes level, the striker picked up the ball on the edge of the Foxes’ 18 yard box as City dealt with a Lewes FC corner, Dugmore then took the ball across the halfway line, beat two defenders for pace before slotting the ball underneath the oncoming goalkeeper to score a definite goal of the season contender.

The goal sparked Leicester into life and just four minutes later, the turnaround was complete, Rosie Axten providing a deep in swinging corner into the penalty area which bounced kindly for Captain Holly Morgan to fire the ball into the back of the net to put the hosts’ in front.

Leicester City were completely dominant in the first half but were almost made to pay just 5 minutes before the break when a momentary lapse in concentration at the back allowed Lewes FC a free run at goal, but Charlotte Clarke was out quickly to deny the striker time to shoot.

In the second half, the Foxes were quickest out of the block with Sophie Domingo taking just 60 seconds to extend Leicester City’s lead and put one foot firmly into the League Cup Final, the pacy forward won the ball from the Lewes FC defence just on the edge of the penalty area before twisting and turning past two defenders and curling a shot past the keeper and into the top right hand corner.

Jonathan Morgan’s side completed their passage into the Final just 6 minutes later when Sophie Domingo arrived late at the back post to slide home a Leigh Dugmore cross and extend the Foxes’ lead to 4-1.

Leicester City had chances to extend their lead further inside the final half hour but some wayward efforts did little to test the visiting keeper further. Lewes FC grabbed themselves a consolation goal inside stoppage time, an audacious effort from some distance caught Charlotte Clarke off her line for a fine finish, but the damage was already done by Leicester City who had reached their first ever national cup final.

Nottingham Forest 0 – 4 LCWFC
Date: Sunday 25th March 2018
Competition: FAWPL Northern Division
Venue: Basford United FC
Goalscorers: Rosie Axten ’10, Leigh Dugmore ’11, Nicole Nymoen ’18, Paige Stewart ’23

Having already reached the League Cup Final and the County Cup Final, Jonathan Morgan’s side could turn their attentions back to the Northern Division as they attempted to climb back up the standings haven dropped down whilst not playing.

Only their second league match in 2018 saw Leicester City travel to near neighbours Nottingham Forest, the Foxes took just 13 minutes to blow their opponents away and seal a vital three points in the Northern Division.

Rosie Axten opened the scoring for Leicester, slotting the ball home after a well timed cut back from Leigh Dugmore just inside the penalty area, it was Dugmore who then extended their lead just a minute later, Nat Johnson providing a perfectly timed through ball from the halfway line saw Dugmore bring the ball down on the edge of the area before firing the ball past Becky Thomas inside the Forest goal.

Six minutes later and Leicester City had their third of the afternoon, Rosie Axten turned past two defenders on the corner of the box before firing a powerful shot in towards goal, City’s top scorer was unlucky to see her effort crash back off the crossbar but Nicole Nymoen was on hand to steer the ball home for Leicester City’s third in 8 minutes.

Jonathan Morgan’s side completed their rout five minutes later, when Paige Stewart fired a low shot in from the edge of the area, the midfielder grabbing only her second goal of the season.

March in numbers

LCWFC Goals: 8
Top Goal Scorer: Leigh Dugmore & Sophie Domingo (2)
League Standing: 4th