Ladies return to winning ways

West Ham United Ladies returned to winning ways with a 2-0 FA Women's Premier League South victory at Keynsham Town.

Julia Setford's side recovered from an indifferent first-half display to snatch all three points through second-half goals from Carly Roache (pictured) and Jess Barling. The success in the West Country sees the Hammers sit third in the table, just a point behind leaders Colchester United and level with second-placed Portsmouth.

There was little to excite in the opening 45 minutes other than a fantastic double save from West Ham goalkeeper Nikki Duncan - a stop which emerged as the turning point of the game. Up until that point, West Ham had struggled to get their game flowing and going into the break all-square enabled visitors to regroup and produce a great second half performance.

Setford's side took control and when Carly Roache opened the scoring midway through the second half it looked like only one team would win the game. Roache showed great poise to collect a pass with her back to goal before turning into space and firing into the net.

West Ham continued pushing forward looking for another goal to secure the win and, with a little more 15 minutes remaining, Barling swung in a high curling corner that flew directly into the back of the net.

The Hammers will head back down the M4 next weekend when they travel to Plymouth Argyle before welcoming a special guest to their home match against Portsmouth on Sunday 27 November. Joint-chairman David Gold will be in attendance at Thurrock FC for the Ladies' final game of the month, with both teams eager to record a victory to maintain their promotion challenge.