Ladies hit four past Keynsham

West Ham United Ladies claimed their second FA Women's Premier League South victory in the space of four days by defeating Keynsham Town 4-1 on Sunday..


After a 2-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday night, the Hammers got off to the best of starts against Keynsham when Kelley Blanchflower put the home side ahead at the break.

Second half goals from Vicky Kinsman, Sarah McCrea and Lily Mellors wrapped up a fifth league victory of the season.


Ladies boss Julian Dicks named an unchanged side from the impressive win against Spurs, with Thursday night's goal scorers April Bowers and Zoe Lipley-Hinton again forming a central midfield partnership whilst captain Stacey Little covered in defence.


The Hammers came into this game with a hunger to put the record straight after a disappointing 3-1 FA Women's Premier League Cup defeat away at Bristol-based Keynsham earlier this season.


In that fixture, the Hammers were dominant in possession and had the majority of chances on goal, which was a pattern whih continued in the early stages of this match.


West Ham's attacking players were causing the visitors several problems in the opening ten minutes, with striker Kinsman going closest as her close range strike was palmed over the crossbar by Keynsham keeper Elena Pasare.


The home side continued to push and totally dominated their opponents. Kinsman's striking partner Emma Sherwood almost opened the scoring when her shot from 20 yards bounced off the outside of the post, before she forced a strong hand from Pasare from the rebound as the ball fell back to her feet.


Just a minute later and the pressure was finally too much for Keynsham to handle. From a low cross on the left, winger Blanchflower beat Pasare to the ball to stab an effort towards the line. Despite the ball appearing to be cleared, the assistant referee flagged to signal that ir had crossed the line.


After half time, the home side continued their relentless pressure going forward. Kinsman doubled the home side's lead after 53 minutes as she forced a mistake from the visitors' back line, before coolly placing a shot into the corner of the net.


With an hour on the clock, the Hammers thought they had a third when Sherwood smashed into an empty net after Bowers' shot came back off the base of the post. However, her celebrations were cut short when she noticed the raised flag for offside.


Six minutes later though and West Ham were rewarded with a third goal. Winger McCrea played a one-two with Sherwood on the edge of the box, finishing off the move with a shot from eight yards into the corner of Pasare's net.


Keynsham did have the occasional surge forward into the Hammers half and they claimed a consolation goal when Pilar Garcia audaciously lobbed Nikita Runnacles from 20 yards out.


Within three minutes the result was sealed when Lily Mellors was perfectly placed to finish after Pasare got a strong hand to keep Kinsman's six yard shot out.


The result gives the Hammers a fifth victory from eight league matches this season, with their next fixture scheduled at home against Ebbsfleet United Ladies in the League Plate tournament on Sunday 12 October.


West Ham United Ladies: Runnacles, King, Baxter, Little, Bottom, Lipley-Hinton, Bowers, Blanchflower, McCrea, Sherwood, Kinsman
Subs not used: Mellors, Donohoe, Baxter, Humphreys.