Striker bags opening day hat-trick as Leverington Ladies make winning start to season

PUBLISHED: 18:38 23 September 2020

Leverington Ladies in action during their 5-2 win over Peterborough Northern Star Reserves. Picture: NARICE BRITON

Leverington Ladies in action during their 5-2 win over Peterborough Northern Star Reserves. Picture: NARICE BRITON

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Sophie Swinden scored an opening day hat-trick as Leverington Ladies made the perfect start to their Cambridgeshire Women’s County League Premier Division campaign.

Leverington Ladies in action during their 5-2 win over Peterborough Northern Star Reserves. Picture: NARICE BRITONLeverington Ladies in action during their 5-2 win over Peterborough Northern Star Reserves. Picture: NARICE BRITON

The hosts have added strength in depth over the summer as they were involved in perhaps frantic opening exchanges in their 5-2 win over Peterborough Northern Star Reserves.

PNS opened the scoring with a powerful close-range header from a free-kick, before Swinden fired into the top corner from 25 yards after being found by Shushannah Feast.

The visitors then regained the lead, which was short-lived as Savanna Plavecz danced through the defence before rolling the ball to Swinden to add her second.

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Leverington Ladies in action during their 5-2 win over Peterborough Northern Star Reserves. Picture: NARICE BRITONLeverington Ladies in action during their 5-2 win over Peterborough Northern Star Reserves. Picture: NARICE BRITON

Leverington took control after the break, Feast crashing her effort from Amy Newell’s free-kick onto the crossbar before Kayleigh Gray smashed home the rebound.

Swinden completed her treble after more good work from Plavecz, and as PNS were restricted to long-range shots, Plavecz scored her side’s fifth 15 minutes from time.

Leverington travel to Riverside Ladies in a league fixture on Sunday, September 27, 2pm.

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