SSFC Ladies fall to defeat against Hartlepool

SSFC Ladies fall to defeat against Hartlepool

South Shields Ladies had an afternoon to forget as Hartlepool United ran out 3-0 winners at Washington Hub on Sunday.

The result left the Mariners sitting eighth in the North East Regional Women’s Football League, still two places and one point above Pools.

They will want to quickly move on from this defeat, which came despite a strong start.

The first chance of the game fell to Shields, with Caitlin Bates’ shot from inside the box comfortably saved by the goalkeeper.

Moments later, Bates had another chance at goal. Abbie Robinson created space for the shooting opportunity, but Bates struck the crossbar.

Shields had a big penalty shout as Eve Gatens looked to be brought down inside the box, but nothing was given.

Gabby Pedersen made a surging run into the box as the Mariners’ bright opening continued, but the angle closed and she couldn’t quite get the shot away.

Moments later, Hartlepool took the lead when a shot on the turn inside the box found the far corner.

A loose pass at the back gave Pools the chance to grab a second, but the striker flashed an effort wide.

It wasn’t long until Hartlepool did get a second. A good pass through the middle left the striker one-on-one, and she slotted the ball past Scarlett Gowans.

Sophie White had a chance to pull one back just after the break, but her header cleared the crossbar.

Pedersen then had a great opportunity to get Shields back into the game when she was found by a brilliant cross by Bates, but her effort was somehow cleared off the line.

Hartlepool were reduced to 10 players after receiving a red card and Robinson could have halved the deficit as she held off a defender well and had a shot on the turn, but the ball flashed over the bar.

Seconds later, Hartlepool had a third when the forward took the ball around Gowans and tapped into an empty net.

White had an effort from just inside the box as Shields looked to pull one back, but it just curled over the bar as the Mariners’ afternoon of frustration was completed.