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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

17 September 2023 Venue HASSRA Sports Pavilion Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Blackpool FC Ladies
0 - 0
Crewe Alexandra
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Women Report | Blackpool 1-3 Crewe

19 September 2023

  • The win on the road takes the Alex up to seven points
  • Deaville's wonder goal is her first for the club
  • Collins scores on her return to the starting XI

A wonder goal from Rubie Deaville and a quick fire double from Megan Ragdale and Leah Collins secured the three points on the road.

Head Coach Matt Fisher made three changes to the side which lost against Darwen last week as Caitlin Bradbury, Jess Sheridan and Leah Collins all returned to the starting XI.

The Alex started the afternoon in 8th position, and a win on their travels would take them above Blackburn Community Women if they were to lose at Cheadle Town.

With everyone now returning from holidays and back in work, Fisher was able to name a stronger squad.

The game started with Crewe racing out of the blocks - creating two great chances to open the scoring in the first ten minutes, but on each occasion they failed to convert the chances.

The Tangerines broke free down the right-hand side and a cross was converted from-close range to break the deadlock which was against the run of play.

After the goal, Blackpool started to dominate the midfield with Crewe struggling to get a foothold on the game. This prompted an early change on the half hour mark when Laura Garner was replaced by Ragdale. 

Hannah Holloway came to the rescue saving from close-range as the Crewe backline was breached and she was quickly called into action once more, but was equal to an effort from distance.

Fisher's change made a difference as Ragdale quickly helped the Reds to get back in control of the game causing Blackpool problems with Collins enjoying her time out wide.

An equaliser almost came, but Amanda Fallon's header struck the post.

Crewe did manage to get the goal their efforts deserved on 35 minutes with a superb strike from distance by Rubie Deaville.

The 16-year-old received the ball in the middle of the pitch from skipper Jess Sheridan and as the Blackpool defenders started to retreat and afford her space she struck an effort from 30 yards out that had too much on it for the 'keeper.

In the second half Crewe again applied the pressure, but this time it immediately paid off. Some good work by Katie Gibbons on the left-hand side created the space for her to pull the ball back from the byline and find Ragdale, who got across her defender and loop the ball over the 'keeper.

Just two minutes later, The Alex extended their lead when Gibbons was the provider once more playing in Collins behind the hosts' backline.

Collins calmy turned her opponent inside the box and smashed the ball into the back of the net with just the Blackpool number one to beat. 

Emma Heath and Gemma Brough were introduced to freshen things up before Caitlin Bradbury was forced off with a facial injury.

Blackpool enjoyed the better of the possession in the dying stages of the game, but created a lack of opportunities to test Holloway and Crewe managed to see out the game.

"We played really well on what was a difficult pitch", says Matt Fisher.

"We had to make some changes to cope with the energy Blackpool had in the middle of the park, but the players did really well and took their chances when they came, which is something we've been really focussing on this week."

Crewe Alexandra Women host Fleetwood Town this Sunday at home.

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