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Victory Puts Ladies Top Of The Table

Chantelle Gallagher fires home a free kick against Blackburn Rovers

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11:10 24th September 2013

2-0 win at Blackburn sends Stoke to the summit

GOALS FROM Laura Garside and Chantelle Gallagher earned Stoke City Ladies a 2-0 victory at Blackburn Rovers on Sunday - a result that sent them to the top of the table.

The Potters made it three consecutive victories in the FA Women's Premier League (North), with the win against Rovers following triumphs over Derby County and West Brom's Sporting Club Albion in recent weeks.

Both Stoke and Blackburn hit the woodwork in the first half, with Alice Langstone also pulling off a good save in the City goal, before the Potters took full control of the game after the break.

Appeals for an opening goal were turned down when a Blackburn defender cleared one effort off the line before the pressure of numerous corners finally paid off when the ball dropped for Garside to fire home from close range.

The woodwork denied Stoke for a second time shortly after, but Gallagher doubled the advantage with a well-taken free kick to make it three goals in three games for her, and four in total.

"Our heart and desire proved to be what got us the win in a performance which wasn't our best," admitted joint-manager Andrew Frost.

"Chantelle came up with the second killer goal with a mouthwatering free kick and it was much needed at that time of the game.

"This follows on from the performance we put in against Sporting Club Albion which was probably the best I've seen the girls play.

"They were tremendous and we controlled the game and dictated the play.

"We will look to build upon this now and we're buzzing for the game against Nottingham Forest, who are a team that should be there or there about come the end of the season."

A total of ten points from the opening five games of the season is an impressive start to life in the new league for the Potters and Frost says he is delighted with the adjustment that the side have made.

"We were looking to get that amount of points by Christmas so to get there already is amazing," he said.

"Both me and Duncan [Gilchrist] are both really proud at the moment and we've lost just once in league games since September last year.

"There has been a lot of hard work in training and what has happened shows that the girls can do it.

"Perhaps we underestimated what we could do but we have to stay grounded and not take anything for granted.

"Things will get harder and harder for us and we have to keep the team spirit going."

Stoke will be looking to carry on the good form when they entertain Nottingham Forest at Stone Dominoes next Sunday afternoon before facing Bradford City away the following weekend.

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