Sunderland boss not getting carried away

Steph Bannon celebrates her vital goal
Steph Bannon celebrates her vital goal
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SUNDERLAND boss Mick Mulhern says his team needs to keep their feet on the ground after edging closer to the FA Women’s Super League 2 title with vital victory at Yeovil.

SUNDERLAND boss Mick Mulhern says his team needs to keep their feet on the ground after edging closer to the FA Women’s Super League 2 title with vital 2-1 victory at Yeovil.

The result means that the Lady Black Cats can seal the title - and promotion to the top flight - with victory in their next game.

That won’t be easy, though, as they host title rivals Doncaster Belles at Eppleton CW a week on Saturday.

The Lady Black Cats took the lead after six minutes today when Kiera Ramshaw scored her third goal in as many games after good work from Beth Mead.

But they were pegged back after 22 minutes when Helen Bleazard’s corner was headed back across goal by Katie Sherwood and Sarah Wiltshire pounced for her eighth of the season.

Mulhern’s side struggled to break Yeovil down but found a way through midway through the second half when a Vicki Greenwell corner was met by skipper Steph Bannon, who headed home.

A minute later, Bleazard rattled the woodwork for the home side but in the end it didn’t matter and the Lady Black Cats edged closer to the title.

“I’ve done this job for a long time now and the last thing you do now is get carried away,” said Mulhern.

“We haven’t won it yet. It is one game at a time, and it is on to the next game against Donny (Doncaster Belles) and we will see how we go.

“I thought we played very well today and so did Yeovil. It’s a difficult place to come to,” he added.

“Sarah (Wiltshire) wasn’t particularly doing a great deal, and typical Sarah, she pops up in the box following a set-piece and that’s what happens.

“Apart from that, I thought we were in control of the game and in the second half we gathered momentum and the second goal was always coming.”

Despite not being able to hang on for a point, Yeovil boss Jamie Sherwood believes his side handled themselves admirably against a team he thinks will be champions.

“I do think Sunderland will be champions, I think they’ve shown today why they will be champions,” he said.

“They’ve handled the pressure we as a club put on them, we had chances to score against them when we were on top but we didn’t take them and they took their opportunities when they had them.”

Yeovil: Simkin, Cousins, Edwards, Radburn-Lorton, Cook, Sherwood (Pearson 79), Stewart, Bleazard, Curson, Wiltshire (Payol 69), Bray (Tewkesbury 79). Subs not used: Haynes, Cossens, Dover.

Sunderland: Laws, Holmes, Bannon (Wilson 70), Sharp, Greenwell, Furness (Briggs 83), McDougall, Joice, Ramshaw, Mead, Bass (Williams 66). Subs not used: Alderson, Beer, Gutteridge, Kelly.

Durham threw away a two-goal lead away to bottom club Oxford United.

Durham led 2-0 with less than 30 minutes to go following Jemma Purfield’s strike and Beth Hepple’s free-kick but Laura Allison held her nerve from the spot after Kayleigh Hines’ header had pulled one back.

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