LADIES FOOTBALL: Fensome scores three as Hatters triumph

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Luton Town Ladies enjoyed an excellent 4-2 win at Norwich City Ladies in their FA Women’s Premier League South East Division One contest on Sunday.

The visitors started brightly and were ahead after just 60 seconds as Jess McKay played a ball down the line for Tash Fensome, who drove forward and slotted into the bottom corner.

Rachel Carter and Fensome came close to a second, as did Jo Rutherford who fired her effort against the post.

Norwich began to come into the game as Rachel Evans was forced into a good save.

In the second period, Luton made another fast start, moving 2-0 in front as Fensome’s cross was converted by Rutherford.

The third arrived in superb fashion on 55 minutes as Rutherford beat her opponent and delivered a lovely ball for Fensome to volley into the bottom corner.

The hosts then reduced the deficit courtesy of a Carter own goal, but Fensome soon had her hat-trick, finishing well after good work by Michelle Byrne.

Fensome then almost bagged a fourth as she intercepted a goal kick, but Norwich defended the danger well.

With 10 minutes to go, the Canaries gave themselves a glimmer of hope, as they made it 4-2.

However, Evans saved well to prevent a third as Luton held on for victory, with manager Nikki Baker saying: “Norwich is always a difficult place to come and I am really pleased with the win, and scoring four goals as well.

“We created several good chances I am delighted for Tash scoring a hat-trick.”

The Hatters are now second in the table and host leaders Crystal Palace this weekend.

Meanwhile, Luton’s Development team won 1-0 against Hackney thanks to Jodi McClelland’s strike.

Bethany Phillips scored all four goals for the U13s as they defeated Leighton United 4-2.

The U16s completed a perfect weekend for the club, beating St Albans 6-1 with Jodie Bellinger (3), Chloe Fitzsimmons (2) and Funmi Babalola on target.