Ladies fall at home to Cardiff

Welsh side Cardiff City were too strong for the Hammers Ladies as they were victorious on Sunday
West Ham Ladies fell to a 2-0 defeat against Cardiff City Ladies at AFC Hornchurch on Sunday afternoon.
The visitors led after 13 minutes through Alys Hinchcliffe’s rocket into the top corner before Hope Suominen sealed the points in the final few minutes of the game.
After securing a 2-2 draw away to Cardiff just a week earlier, manager Marc Nurse made three changes to his starting eleven. Beth Griffiths returned in goal, while Kelsey Smith made her first start at right-back in place of Danni Ritson. Italian Erika Campesi stepped in for Gemma Abela in the midfield.
The Hammers worked hard for the result a week earlier, but their Welsh opposition came out strong as they looked to end the positive run of results that Nurse’s side have been on.
Kelly Isaac, Kerry Bartlett and Laura Williams were causing the hosts plenty of problems, but in typical fashion, the home defence stood strong and cleared all the danger.
Unfortunately though, there was nothing they could do to deny Hinchcliffe from opening the scoring when the ball fell nicely to her feet just outside the box, before she unleashed an unstoppable strike into the top corner.
As the game progressed, the visitors continued to press, but Griffiths made a number of outstanding saves to keep the hosts in the game.
Down the other end, the Hammers’ front-three of Whitney Locke, Cindy Ferreira and Laura Curtis tried their hardest to break through the Cardiff defence, but their efforts were in vain.
As the hosts tried pushing for an equaliser late in the second half, Cardiff launched a counter-attack which ended with Suominen just managing to bundle to ball past Griffiths.
Nurse’s team now have just one fixture remaining in the 2015/16 season, with Queens Park Rangers the visitors to AFC Hornchurch’s Bridge Avenue stadium on Sunday 10 April at 2pm.
LADIES: Griffiths, Smith, Wheeler, Bottom (c), Sammons, Ray (Abela), Missen, Campesi, Ferreira, Locke (Ritson), Curtis (Bentick). Subs not used: Hinz.