October 27th, 2016

Araina Thompson seals a point for Leamington Lions Ladies

Updated: 11:49 am, Apr 07, 2016

LEAMINGTON Lions Ladies came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at home to Knowle in the West Midlands Regional Premier Division on Sunday.

With the sun shining Leamington started brightly and caused the Knowle defence numerous problems.

Chloe Whinmill latched onto a through ball and shaved the outside of the post and followed up by winning possession from the goal kick before playing a ball across the area which forced the goalkeeper to make another good save.

As the game went on Knowle started to gain confidence but they come against debutant Nikki Duncan in goal who was able to break up the play.

The Leamington attack kept asking questions off the Knowle defence with Chloe Whinmill and Araina Thompson causing mayhem, while Rachel Kelly made a strong crunching tackle to break up a Knowle attack.

Gowlett played a through ball for Emma Billenness to cut back for Thompson only to see a defender make a last ditch tackle keeping the score goalless.

The half was coming to an end when Knowle won a corner with only a minute left to play and the ball fell to a visiting striker who fired home the opener which meant that Leamington went in 1-0 down at half-time.

The hosts came out firing after the break and within the first minute Leamington were back on level terms.

Some good play through the centre saw the ball fall to Thompson who turned the defender and fired over the keeper into the far corner.

Knowle came back strongly looking to break down an organised Leamington side with some top draw defending to keep the scoreline level.

As the clock ran down Leamington kept pressing trying to find the winning goal with Emma Billenness forcing the keeper to make another fine save, while Duncan had to pull off a crucial save to keep the visitors at bay.

Both sides continued to create chances with Harvey coming close for Leamington while Knowle enjoyed consecutive corners late on but there was to be no further breakthrough.

Up next for Leamington this weekend is a home match against Walsall Ladies on April 10 at the New Windmill Ground.