STOKE CITY LADIES put the disappointment of missing out on promotion last season firmly behind them . . . with a 5-0 thrashing of Northampton Town.
The Ladies returned to Midland Womens Combination League action last weekend having been pipped at the post for promotion by rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in May.
City had led the way for the majority of the season only for Wolves to jump above them after finally catching up on their games in hand.
And the hangover of disappointment did initially look like it was affecting the side, with a frustrating first half performance ensuring the deadlock remained closed at half-time.
However, following some wise words from manager Steve Swanwick at the break the girls reappeared looking much like their former selves and soon got the score tally up and running.
It was no surprise that last season's top goalscorer Becci Knight started things off, neatly glancing home a corner before doubling the advantage by tucking away a close range rebound.
Tash Catalano then made it 3-0 with a beautifully floated long range strike before Knight completed her hat-trick with a lobbed shot over the keeper that went in after bouncing in off the crossbar.
The scoring was them completed by Chantelle Gallagher who rounded the keeper to slot home and give the Potters the perfect start to the new season.
More of the same will be hoped for this weekend, when newly promoted Leamington Lions visit Springbank Park in Yarnfield, Stone on Sunday (kick off 2.00pm).