Soccer: Queens Park feel bite of Redbacks in 2-0 loss

Soccer: Queens Park feel bite of Redbacks in 2-0 loss

AN EARLY goal in each half, the first a volley by Emily Henderson and the second a tidy finish by Renee Leota, brought title-challengers Queens Park back down-to-earth after their impressive victory at home to Beckenham Angels last week.

The 2-0 win left Northern Redbacks coach Tim Hodgson delighted with his side.

“They’d beaten us twice already this year but we were more disciplined than in the past,” he said.

“The focus was there for the whole 90 minutes.”

The top-of-the-table clash failed to spark into a pulsating encounter with the Redbacks coming out on top in almost every department.

The result could have been even more convincing had Lauren Riley not seen her first-half pile driver brilliantly tipped on to the bar by Danelle Cornish in the Queens Park goal.

For the home side it was a day to forget with in-form forward Brooke Johnston failing to threaten the Redbacks’ rearguard.

She was reduced to hopeful shots from outside the box, which caused little trouble for shot-stopper Kathleen Waycott.

Falling four points adrift of top spot and seeing their league fate taken out of their own hands, Queens Park coach Ben Anderton was frustrated with his side’s display both with and without the ball.

“We showed them too much respect,” he said.

“We let them play the ball too much and didn’t pressure.”

Hodgson’s Redbacks have another crunch game next week against Beckenham whose win against the National Training Centre side sees them leap above Queens Park into second place, just two points off Northern Redbacks.

“It’s certainly going to be very tough, we’ve been strong rivals for years” said Hodgson, ahead of his club’s clash with Beckenham.

“We need to put in a performance like we did today and maybe a little bit more.”