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Friar Lane & Epworth 4

The scoreline didn’t do the Blues justice as they dominated large parts of the game only to see Friar Lane ruin their hard work.

Long Eaton were sloppy to start and eager Friar Lane took advantage when bad defending gave their left winger time and space to whip a ball in which crept round keeper Hopewell’s finger tips and into the back of the net.

That woke the Blues up and a through ball from Smythe was met by Armstrong who lobbed her shot over the keeper to put them level.

Long Eaton looked like they might go in front on several occasions with the midfield working incredibly hard to dominate the game.

The lively Johnstone then got the ball and skipped past the Friar Lane keeper only to see her shot hit the post and rebound away out of reach.

It was end-to-end stuff but then the Blues conceded a dubious free-kick in a dangerous area, the resulting shot was tucked in the left corner, Hopewell only able to get fingertips to it.

Long Eaton looked sharp after the break but against the run of play Friar’s pacy striker lobbed Hopewell to make it 3-1, and as late pressure from the visitors followed, the fourth came late on from a counter attack.