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Burntwood Phoenix 4 Chasetown Ladies 3

A strong and experienced Burntwood Phoenix team took the honours in the top of the table Staffordshire County Women’s League encounter against Chasetown Ladies.

A hat-trick of long-range strikes from Emma Baggott plus an opening effort from distance by Lauren Smith were enough to give Burntwood the edge in a pulsating local derby.

Chasetown were under pressure early on as Smith and Baggott’s first strikes gave the hosts a 2-0 advantage.

But the Scholars got a foothold in the game when Jodie Kinsey carried the ball in from the touch line, past a few players and laid the ball between the defenders for Sinead Treanor to sneak in for a goal.

With the wind behind them in the second period, Chasetown began to make more of an impression on the game.

Ten minutes after the break Kinsey swung over a good corner, Abi Picken won the ball in the air and Natasha Whitehouse reacted fastest to volley the ball home.

With the scores level once more Chasetown looked to be edging the game, but two goals in quick succession from Baggott in the 75th and 80th minutes all but finished off the game.

There was time for a late surge from Chasetown and Jade Arber collected a loose ball, took on the defender and hit the ball across the keeper and into the net, but it wasn’t enough for Chasetown to dent Burntwood’s 100 per cent record.

Chasetown player of the match: Charlotte Bull.

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