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Blues climb to 4th in the championship after a gritty 1-0 win against a really impressive Sheffield United who deserve more from the game. Claudia Walker played her first game back for blues after signing from West Ham and has already got her name on the scoresheet, which have delighted the blues fans their this afternoon.
Sheffield United started of really well and had the first attempt of the game when Alethea Paul nicking the ball from Jade Pennock who then found Mears her shot was saved on the line in the 4th minute.
Then Sheffield United had another chance, some brilliant play between Enderby and Walters went onto tee up Courtney Sweetman Kirk who’s shot went inches wide in the 9th minute.
Blues first chance of the game came in the 21stminute when the in form Lucy Quinn had a shot from outside the box, it was saved comfortably from Bethan Davies.
A minute later Bev Rayner slid Sweetman Kirk through on goal but a wonderful tackle from Harriett Scott resulted in it going behind for a corner .
Sheffield United went on the counter attack in the 40th minute but Enderby low cross was just cleared away before Walters got on to it .
Just before half time Sheffield United were so unlucky as Walters header came back of the post and rolling across the line, some how it was 0-0.
HALF TIME SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 BLUES 0
Sheffield United started stronger in the second half, they went from defence into attack when a big block from Sophie Barker allowed Kirk to break , Walters shot was saved from Lucy Thomas.
Then another chance for United when Kirk puts in a cross and Enderby puts it just wide in the 49thminute .
Then it was Blues turn when Ashley Hodson effort was deflected wide in the 54th minute.
This topsy-turvy took another turn when Sophie Barkers shot was fired wide of the far post in the 59th minute .
The breakthrough came in the 62nd minute , brilliant play from Ashley Hodson resulted in a ball across the box to find Claudia Walker to make it 0-1 for the girls in royal blue.
Substitute Charlie Devlin could have doubled the lead in the 74th minute but her shot was saved well from Davies.
The last effort from Sheffield United was Naomi Hartley effort was scumbled away in the 76thminute.
Blues almost double the lead towards the end of the 90th minutes when Charlie Devlin but misses the top corner .
FULL TIME SHEFFIELD UNITED 0 BLUES 1
MY THOUGHTS ON THE GAME
A smash and grab for the girls in royal blue but Sheffield United couldn’t find the break through and blues with their quality up front find the breakthrough like I said we need to have performances like this if we want to get promoted into the WSL. London City Lionesses are the team to beat after thrashing Palace 0-5 Melissa Phillips is a WSL coach in the making . Blues are now 5 points behind London City so its going to be tight to the end of the season. Next up for Blues back at St Andrews next weekend against Sunderland.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
I have to go for Ashley Hodson she was a bright spark for blues and getting the assist for Claudia Walker’s winner .
UNTIL NEXT TIME KRO STEPHEN