Another dominant performance from Moors Ladies ensured victory on their final outing of 2023 as Redcar Town were swept aside in cold and wet conditions at New Ferens Park on Sunday.
Billy Shackleton’s side had been without a game in a fortnight and hadn’t played in the league for over a month – and they looked keen to make up for lost time from the first whistle.
It took just 10 minutes for Moors to break the deadlock. Hannah Knox whipped a teasing ball into the box which was controlled by Drew Seymour before she unleashed a spectacular overhead kick which looped over the goalkeeper to make it 1-0 in fine style.
Moors took confidence from the early goal and remained a real threat going forward as Caitlin Bates linked-up well with recent signing Abi Kisby to cause problems for the visiting defence.
On 16 minutes the pressure told when Kisby helped herself to a first Moors goal, producing a calm finish past the keeper after she found herself well placed to shoot.
Neve Jackson came close to adding a third when she flashed a shot just past the post, while both Bates and Courtney Mole drew good saves from the Redcar keeper as Moors continued their dominance into the second half.
However, it took until 12 minutes from time for the game to be wrapped up and this time it was Holly Middleton who was on target, scampering on to Coral Colledge’s through-ball to net her first league goal for the Club.
The visitors did grab a consolation goal near the end, much to the frustration of Moors keeper Sophie Millier and her defence, but it didn’t take the shine off another good win to underline an excellent 2023.
“It’s a good three points for us and we’re happy to get that win,” Shackleton commented.
“I think we could – and probably should – have scored more goals, but we’ve controlled the game for the most part and a win is a win so it’s a brilliant way to end the year.”
Full Time: Moors 3 Redcar Town 1
Moors: Miller, C Colledge, N Jackson, C Mole, Bates, Middleton, Kisby, Knox, Drinkald, Saunders, Seymour.
Subs: Grayson, Hemmingway, McGovern, L Jackson.