Webster’s wonder goal leads Hatters to victory

The Luton Ladies team
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Joanne Rutherford netted twice for Luton Town Ladies as they beat Norwich City Ladies 3-1 in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One on Sunday.

Hatters manager Nikki Baker made one change to her starting line-up as Asia Brown made her full debut at left back in place of Mollie Robinson.

Lucy Webster nets her superb strike

Lucy Webster nets her superb strike

Town got off to a superb start when right back Lucy Webster scored an unbelievable solo goal after 13 minutes.

The defender dribbled past four players, covering almost three quarters of the pitch and after a brilliant run, she eventually slotted past Ellie Bird into the bottom left corner.

Two minutes later, Rutherford doubled the advantage for Town as she poked the ball in at far post after Rachel Kosky supplied an excellent deep free kick.

The Hatters should have increased their lead shortly after when Webster drilled in a dangerous ball from the right, but it was slightly too high for Zara Carroll who was unmarked in the box.

At the other end, the only meaningful chance for the visitors came from a corner kick, just before the interval when Kyla Love volleyed the ball just over the crossbar.

Immediately after the break, Brown was unlucky not to bag her first goal for Town as she fired her shot inches wide.

Half an hour later, Rutherford gave Town a three-goal cushion as she netted from close range after Henman delivered a brilliant ball in at the far post.

Love scored a scrappy consolation goal from close range for Norwich in 81st minute but Town’s dominance paid off and they were the worthy winners by the end.

After the game, Baker said: “Getting the early goal helped us a lot. It was 2-0 after 15 minutes and this set us up to be able to relax and try to play a bit of football.

“We panicked a little bit and I was disappointed to concede but we came through it well.”

Baker went on to praise 16-year-old Webster after she scored a phenomenal solo goal and Rutherford, who bagged twice as well.

She added: “Lucy has been exceptional this season despite being only 16, both at right back and on the wing.

“She has kept some of the best players in the league quiet defensively and going forward she is difficult to stop.

“Her goal was so typical of her as she took the ball off a player and just ran straight through the whole side.

“Jo has been a key player for us this season as her work-rate is top class and she was unlucky not to get a hat-trick.

“We have been working on partnerships with her and she has been linking really well with other midfield players recently.”

Town’s next game comes in two weeks’ time when they visit Ipswich on March 12.