The Hereford FC Women’s team kept up their unbeaten record with a 6-3 win over Welland Ladies at Old School Lane on Sunday afternoon.
In bright October sunshine Scott Russell’s side started well with Ana Moreira, Ana Varela, and Roxana Dinescu combining well to tear through the Welland lines before the through ball to Jess Kenny was cleared, and had Megan Holman working hard on the right hand side forcing the Welland keeper to smother balls into the box on three occasions. However, after early good work, a sloppy defensive line allowed Welland to break clear and lob keeper Katie Wood from 25 yards to open the scoring.
The home side weren’t behind for long, and it was top scorer Dinescu who brought the scores level on 19 minutes, jinking past two challenges before slotting past the keeper. The game was even but scrappy through the half hour mark as both sides created chances without a killer finish, before Dinescu grabbed her second after a keeper error left the Romanian with an empty net to tuck the ball home for 2-1.
It was 3-1 four minutes later as Sinead Bushell dispossessed a high pressing defender just inside the Welland half before racing goalwards and putting the ball past the oncoming keeper with a precise finish.
After the break Welland pushed hard to get back in the game but seemed destined to concede again before getting another goal from a defensive mistake on 66 minutes. That sparked the home side back into life and the two-goal lead was restored two minutes later, Dinescu rounding out a hat-trick with a neat piece of control and measured finish to make it 4-2.
On 73 minutes Evie Jones, racing down the right, crashed a fierce shot into the top corner to make it 5-2 before the entire home defence nodded off to allow Welland a third goal just two minutes later. With both defences looking tired the next goal fell to Dinescu for her fourth, with the Welland keeper getting injured in trying to stop the finish.
The delay in play for treatment ended in farce as the referee opted to send Manager Russell from the technical area over the distribution of water bottles, leaving assistant Ben Archer in charge for the final ten minutes, with the game ending 6-3 to the Bulls.
Next Sunday the Womens team play Albrighton Ladies at Old School Lane at 2pm.