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Ladies make unbeaten start

29 August 2012

MK Dons Ladies have made an unbeaten start to the season, defeating Cambridge Ladies before earning a draw away at Arlesey Town.

The Ladies comfortably defeated a strong Cambridge side 4-1 before drawing 1-1 against Bedfordshire side Arlesey.

John Dyer’s side, who had an indifferent pre-season, played host to the League Cup holders Cambridge on Saturday 21st August. The Dons dominated throughout and reduced the opposition to only two long-range efforts in the first half.

Playing their usual pretty, passing football they soon established a three-goal lead. Captain Hannah Barratt and Jade Linnell were stand out performers in midfield, battling hard in the sweltering condition, helping to create plenty of chances for the Dons side and it was no surprise the Dons made it four.

Despite a tough commanding display at the back, Cambridge did manage to grab a consolation from the penalty spot are Tammy Scriven’s mistimed tackle in the area.

A week later and with the morale in the camp high from the opening day win, the Ladies travelled to the Arlesey for a match that was best described as ‘frustrating’.

Town were resolute at the back and the Dons found it extremely hard to break them down all game and when they did, opportunities were wasted.

Charlotte Wright grabbed the Dons’ solo goal after she curled a left footed free-kick into the top corner midway through the first half.

The Dons, however, couldn’t find a second which was partly due to the absence of Leigh Cudone up top and they were punished late on when Arlesey were able to hit the Ladies on the counter-attack and equalise.

Charlotte Wright created almost every chance the Dons had and her standout performance was only matched by goalkeeper Trip Witney who pulled off a superb save late on to save the point.

At the end of the day, a draw was probably the fair result which means Dyer’s side have picked up four points out of six so far this season. 

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