NEWS - 5 APRIL 2009
BACK ON TRACK! ... ROTHERHAM 0 SUNDERLAND 11
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Sunderland got their title challenge back on track on Sunday with an astonishing victory at bottom club Rotherham. 

 

They completely blew away the opposition and registered a club record eleven nil victory with top scorer Sophie Williams bagging five goals. Sunderland began the game without a number of regulars who had university and college commitments but those who came in slotted seamlessly into the pattern of play.

 

The Wearsiders were 2 goals up inside the first four minutes as first Gemma Wilson hooked the ball home after a Natalie Gutteridge header came back off the bar from Kelly McDougall’s left wing corner. 

Then when Lucy Bronze brought the ball through the middle the ball broke for Sarah Danby who went on to slot beyond Keeper Charlotte Whiteley’s desperate dive. The visitors continued to press and efforts by Danby and Gutteridge went close before Sunderland extended their lead after 16 minutes following a patient build up from the back. Steph Bannon collected the ball and released Bronze who played in Kelly McDougall to stride on, draw the keeper and brilliantly chip the ball over her and into the net. Abby Holmes made a powerful run into the box but pulled her shot agonisingly wide. The visitors were not to be denied however, as leading scorer Sophie Williams scored a quick fire hat trick. In the 23rd minute Bronze and the industrious Jordan Nobbs combined to set up Williams for a first time strike into the bottom corner. Five minutes later Becky Salicki made ground down the left to cross for a Danby flick and Williams outpaced Booth to clip the ball over the advancing Whiteley and into goal. Then fine play between McDougall and Gutteridge set up Williams in the 33rd minute to drive home from the edge of the box. The Wearsiders struck a seventh on 35 mins when Gutteridge powerfully headed home Danby’s right wing corner. HT... Rotherham Utd Ladies  0  vs  7  Sunderland Ladies

 

Sunderland were slow to start the second half as Rotherham enjoyed the early exchanges but Wilson and Bannon stood firm in the centre. Normal service was soon resumed as a McDougall in swinging corner was plucked from under the bar by Whiteley. In the 58th minute Williams charged down the left to cross the ball into the path of the on running Bronze who drove first time into the net from just inside the area. It was nine a minute later when McDougall and Danby set up Williams to score off the underside of the bar. Danby volleyed just over and Williams brought a brave save from Whiteley at the expense of a corner. A goalmouth scramble followed Danby’s flag kick as the ball was hacked off the line by Clay. Sunderland hit double figures following a long clearance from the home side which was won in the air by Wilson to set Williams away to score her fifth goal of the afternoon as she slid the ball under the advancing Whiteley in the 73rd minute. As the visitors took a breather Rotherham twice came close to a goal. A Goodman free kick on the edge of the box went just wide of the upright before a Jones header from a corner was well held by Helen Alderson. Sunderland completed the scoring on 88 minutes when substitute Jordan Atkinson cut in from the left to cross perfectly into the path of Nobbs who volleyed home from 18 yards. FT... Rotherham Utd Ladies  0  v  11  Sunderland Ladies

 

Sunderland...Alderson, Holmes, Bannon, Wilson, Salicki, Bronze (Fletcher), Nobbs, McDougall, Danby, Gutteridge (Simpson), Williams (Atkinson).  Subs not used...Dixon, Scarr.

 

Manager Mick Mulhern said .....”It was the perfect response after last week’s disappointing result. From back to front it was an excellent performance. It’s important we remain focused and take the qualities we have shown today into the next few games.”

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