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Queen's Park Rangers 0 Yeovil Town 2
Yeovil Town gained a valuable three points with a 2-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers to lift themselves above the Londoners in the Southern Division table.
Jemma Tewkesbury maintained her amazing record of being the only player to have scored for the Somerset team this season with her eighth and ninth goals but this was a real team performance against Rangers, who were without the injured Cherelle Albert and other key players who had been instrumental in their recent revival. QPR had their chances but the Glovers forward trio showed some of the form and teamwork which had earned them Premier League status.
There was little to choose between the teams in a tight first half of few chances. Beth Curtis sent a long range shot over the Yeovil bar and Emily Bourne was out quickly to save at Tewkesbury's feet on 25 minutes. A super diagonal pass by Rosie Williams released Tewkesbury on the right and she picked out Anusia Rourke but her shot hit a team mate and flew wide on 37 minutes. Just before the break, Seun Odeniyi weaved a path through the Yeovil defence but she placed her ten yard shot just wide of Rachel Simkin's goal.
Rangers went very close to taking the lead when a lofted Curtis free kick hit the post four minutes after the restart. Tewkesbury headed an inviting Kayleigh Nardiello cross just wide for Yeovil, then Curtis went equally close for Rangers, rounding Simkin but failing to force the ball in from close range. Yeovil's Nardiello was seeing a lot of the ball on the left and Tewkesbury was coming more and more into the game on the opposite flank as both teams fought hard for a breakthrough.
Rangers' Curtis had a powerful drive well saved by Simkin on 64 minutes and impressive Glovers midfielder Terri Trowbridge saw a header cleared off the line by Shannon Moloney but the critical moment of the match came on 75 minutes. Another fine pass by centre back Williams released Tewkesbury who drove into the area where an apparently successful last ditch challenge was adjudged to have taken the player before clearing the ball for a corner. Tewkesbury hit the resulting penalty low into the bottom right corner to give Yeovil the lead.
Rangers tried to react and forced a couple of corners but on 82 minutes Tewkesbury settled the match with a another powerful run and a powerful cross shot beyond Bourne. Yeovil went close to adding to their lead through Rourke and then substitute Laura Bray, who was denied by a smart block by Bourne when she went through on goal as Rangers were caught on the break.
Yeovil deserved their second League win of the season despite the controversial nature of their opener, as they used their strength on the wings very well and defended very soundly. Rangers missed their absentees but could well have been ahead on three occasions before conceding. The presence of an effective finisher such as Tewkesbury may well prove vital to round off the efforts of the whole Yeovil team to establish themselves at this level.
Queen's Park Rangers: Emily Bourne, Simone Dwyer, Ceryl Guard, Tammy Scrivens, Seun Odeniyi, Sarah Walters, Beth Liles, Shannon Moloney, Elly Maggs, Beth Curtis, Sophie Fogerty. Sub: Anita Afonso.
Yeovil Town: Rachel Simkin, Georgia Coles, Emma Brazell, Rosie Williams, Rachel Edwards, Sarah Lawler, Stacey Pearson, Terri Trowbridge, Anusia Rourke, Jemma Tewkesbury, Kaleigh Nardiello. Sub: Laura Bray.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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