Sheffield United continued their push for promotion with a 5-0 victory at Coventry United on Sunday afternoon.
It was a cold but sunny afternoon at the Butts Park Arena for the match. Coventry United were sixth in the FA Women’s Championship table going into the match, coming off the back of a win against Crystal Palace whilst Sheffield United were second having lost their last two matches against Aston Villa in the league and Manchester City in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup.
Sheffield United started well and had efforts tipped over and pushed wide by Sue Wood in the Coventry United goal while the home side were also a threat in an end-to-end opening.
It was The Blades who came closest to scoring when a cross was put over her own crossbar by Nikki
Miles. Sheffield United took the lead in the 39th minute when Katie Wilkinson headed in a
Sophie Barker cross. They then increased their lead three minutes later when Mollie Green scored from close
range after an effort had been blocked by Wood. Those two late first half goals meant Sheffield United went into the break with a comfortable advantage.
Sheffield United added a third goal four minutes after the interval when Jade Pennock scored with a shot from the edge of the area. It was soon 4-0 as Pennock scored her second with a shot
from 12 yards out.
Carla Ward’s side netted their fifth goal in the 56th minute when Katie Wilkinson scored her second of the game with an effort from long range. Those quick-fire goals in the first 11 minutes of second half effectively killed the game off as a contest.
Coventry United did have some chances to get a goal back. Fiona Worts was close to getting on the end of a low cross across goal while Sheffield United keeper Emily Batty saved an effort from Beth Merrick. Despite some pressure from the home side in the final third of the game, The Blades defended well as they kept a clean sheet and completed a comfortable win.
The 5-0 victory meant that Sheffield United closed the gap on Aston Villa to three points at the top of the
FA Women’s Championship table but they have played one more game. Coventry United dropped down to ninth place in the league, three points above the relegation zone.
By Paul Donegan (@PaulDonegan1980)