The longest away trip in FA Women’s Super League 1 at 682 miles was a happy one for Sunderland as they beat Yeovil Town 1-0.
It was Sunderland’s second successive away win by that score, having opened the season with victory at Reading.
A first-half strike from Keira Ramshaw ensured the Lady Black Cats gave the perfect response to their 6-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea Ladies the previous weekend.
The visitors enjoyed the best of the early exchanges and Abby Joice could have put them ahead after just six minutes when she found space in the six-yard box, but she dragged the shot wide.
Kylla Sjoman and captain Lucy Staniforth then tried their luck from distance without causing Megan Walsh too many problems, but the goalkeeper did have to be sharp to close down Ramshaw after a poor back pass from Chloe Lloyd almost gifted the striker the opener.
On 36 minutes, Mel Reay’s side did eventually make the breakthrough when a Staniforth corner found Joice and after her initial shot was superbly blocked by Walsh, Ramshaw was on hand to put away the rebound.
After the break, substitute Simona Koren, who had scored the winner against Reading in Sunderland’s league opener, had the chance to double the lead when she was played in but although her effort squeezed under the keeper it also went wide of the far post.
It did not matter for the away side, though, and despite their hosts giving a better showing in the second half they held on for all three points.
Sunderland captain Lucy Staniforth said: “It’s a bit bittersweet for us, we wanted to put on a better performance than that.
“We came in at half-time and Mel listed off how many chances we’d had and we’d not hit the target as many times as we would have liked. In the second half we didn’t get so many clear-cut chances.
“We knew that they would really be looking to try and pick up some points so obviously to take all three is very pleasing to us.
“Yeovil put up a great fight today and probably should have got a point, so in that sense we’ve got a lot of work to do.
“To finish the second half having not performed as we had in the first was a bit disappointing really.
“It’s not an easy trip and you always want to be going back on the long journeys with three points and we’ve managed to do that.”
Sunderland: Preuss, Stewart, Williams, Sharp, Wyne (Koren 59), Bruinenberg (Lambert 88), Lipka, Sjoman, Staniforth, Joice, Ramshaw (Brown 70). Subs not used: Laws, Dodds. Bookings: Bruinenberg 39, Wyne 48
Ref: Richard Hulme Att: 348
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