LADIES FOOTBALL: Kane bags Hatters’ winner

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Luton Town Ladies ran out 2-1 winners over Bedford Ladies in their FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One clash at Kenilworth Road on Wednesday night.

With Hatters fans Erica Byron and Henny Horsler, plus manager Nikki Baker, it was always going to be a special night for the hosts and they went close early on through Zara Carroll’s shot.

Town keeper Hollie Staples was then called into action, while Shanice Jiminez saw her 25-yarder easily saved.

Hatters had the opener midway through the half though as Rachel Kosky’s corner was flicked home by Carroll against her former club.

Bedford went close to a equaliser, but they on level terms by the break with a close range finish.

Staples made another fine stop, while Rebecca Kane was brought down for a free kick that Carroll blasted against the bar.

In the second period, Jiminez moved into the centre of midfield, while Jess McKay went out to the right flank.

Hatters stepped it up Remii Bains fired over 10 yards, while Erica Byron was denied by the keeper.

Eventually, the second goal came as Kane shrugged off two defenders and kept her composure to slot home.

The goalscorer then hit the bar with Byron sending the rebound wide, but Hatters held on for victory.

Manager Baker said: “I am delighted with the girls commitment and effort. We played a tough formation on a big pitch and the wing backs really worked hard.

“We had players all over the place playing out of position and I couldn’t of asked for any more.

“Hollie was excellent in goal and made some crucial saves. It was nice to pick up three points after a recent run of losses and I hope we can take this into Sunday now.

“Thanks to Luton Town for hosting the game, was a great experience for the girls and nice to win here.”

Hatters travel to Enfield Town this weekend.