Kinsman rescues point for Ladies

Vicky Kinsman netted her 11th goal of the season to secure a 1-1 draw for West Ham United Ladies against Queens Park Rangers at AFC Hornchurch.
Sophie Fogarty had put the R’s ahead with an outstanding long range strike, before Kinsman stepped up with a similarly impressive goal from distance that secured Julian Dicks’ side a point.
Dicks made two changes from the side that drew away to Plymouth Argyle Ladies a week earlier, with the unavailable Kerry Stimson being replaced in defence by Vicki King and Lily Mellors stepped into the starting line up in place of Adele Sale.
In the opening 20 minutes, QPR had the majority of possession and the closest efforts on goal, Fogarty was denied by Hammers keeper Nikki Duncan while fellow attacker Natalie Adams rushed her shot when through on goal.
Down the other end, captain Stacey Little had a chance when she headed wide from Emma Sherwood’s corner, before left back Katie Bottom watched her goal bound floating cross cleared from danger.
The visitors should have really taken the lead when Fogarty’s cross from the left ended with centre half Lauren Gage narrowly turning the ball inches wide of the Hammers’ goal from inside the six yard box.
Just after half time, QPR deservedly took the lead when Fogarty picked the ball up around 30 yards from goal and unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top right hand corner of the net, leaving Hammers keeper Duncan helpless.
The Hammers rallied after going behind and Dicks’ side started to enjoy the majority of possession as striker Kinsman watching her low shot being held by QPR stopper Trippoli Witney.
It was Kinsman though that got the goal to bring the Hammers level. With around ten minutes left, the former Barking forward matched Fogarty’s effort earlier in the half by volleying the ball into the corner of the net.
With the game level, the Hammers pushed to the winning goal and almost found it when Sherwood’s 24-yard strike was heading towards the top corner, until Witney palmed the ball wide of the post.
The Ladies’ next home league fixture is on Thursday 19 March 2015 when they host Gillingham Ladies at Aveley FC. Kick off is at 7:45pm.
LADIES: Duncan, King (Smith), Baxter, Revell, Bottom, Bowers, Little, Blanchflower, Mellors, Sherwood, Kinsman.
Subs not used: Sale.