HIGH-FLYING Uttoxeter fired a warning to their title rivals as they beat Telford and Wrekin 5-2 in their top-of-the-table clash in the Midlands Feeder West League.
The visitors were no match for Uttoxeter at the Thomas Alleyne School, who flew out of the blocks and were 2-0 up in the first 10 minutes.
Jo Rea scored the opener, clinically finishing the returning Laura Walsh’s cross
The second came shortly after the first when Rea threaded the ball through the Telford defence to Clare Barowski, who timed her run perfectly to receive the ball in the D and coolly finish, having the time to place it past the visiting keeper.
With Telford continuing to buckle under the home pressure, Uttoxeter showed no mercy.
Telford defended attack after attack and it was not long before Uttoxeter’s excellent form was rewarded when a third goal came close to the 15 minute mark.
As a result of more fantastic build-up play down the right wing, Walsh crossed the ball into the crowded D which resulted in a goalline scramble and Laura Simms came out on top, sneaking the ball into the back of the net.
Uttoxeter’s momentum continued all the way to the half-time whistle to go into the break 3-0 to the good.
In the second half, Telford, as expected, came out fighting and brought the score back to 3-1 within the first 10 minutes.
This did not deter the hosts and their class soon shone through.
Rachel Vernon took a long corner from the left and went on a mazy run past three Telford defenders to reach the byline and pull it back to the waiting Rea.
Her shot was saved and rebounded out to Emily Cann, who wasted no time in drilling the ball into the bottom right corner for 4-1.
Goal number five came as a result of a fantastic move which had been a dominant feature of the match.
Caroline Lawson received the ball on the halfway line and passed to Simms, who then passed to Vernon. She went on a driving run towards the D and released a well-timed ball to Rea, who finished the move off in style, drilling the ball past the keeper into the bottom right corner.
Telford scored from a penalty corner in the closing minutes, but it was too little too late.
Uttoxeter gained the three points and remain at the top of the table.
Next week Uttoxeter travel to local rivals Stone.
Man of the match: Loz Davenport.