Yeovil Town 0 SAFC Ladies 1
Lady Black Cats back to winning ways
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.
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.
Yeovil player of the match Annie Heatherson said: "It was the same problem we had last week against Bristol - we didn't start off well in the first 45 minutes.
"There wasn't much fight, passion or heart, we lost everything that is part of Yeovil.
“We had a good talking to by the manager at half-time and he said 'sort it out'. The second half we worked hard, but we can't keep making excuses.
"There's work we've got to do, you can't be scared. We missed that fight, we weren't organised and we were a little bit clueless at times and didn't really know what our jobs were. Once we get that right I don't think we've got an issue.
"We're only three games in and we're not far off. I have no doubt in my mind we will do a lot better as the season goes on, we've got to make sure we stick together and work hard."
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 [Reay, manager] 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."
Yeovil Town 0
Yeovil Town (4-1-4-1): Megan Walsh; Bow Jackson, Gemma Evans, Nicola Cousins, Chloe Lloyd; Annie Heatherson; Kelly Aldridge, Ellie Curson, Jessie Jones, Nadia Lawrence; Kayleigh Green
Substitutes: Georgia Evans for Heatherson 66, Chloe Melton for Lawrence 72, Ella Pusey for Curson 83
Substitutes not used: Laura O'Sullivan, Hannah Miles, Paige Sawyer, Leah Burridge
Bookings: Cousins 27, Jones 45+3
Red Cards: None
Sunderland (3-4-1-2): Anke Preuss; Ellie Stewart, Victoria Williams, Hayley Sharp; Zaneta Wyne, Dominique Bruinenberg, Kasia Lipka, Kylla Sjoman; Lucy Staniforth; Abby Joice, Keira Ramshaw
Substitutes: Simona Koren for Wyne 59, Danielle Brown for Ramshaw 70, Mollie Lambert for Bruinenberg 88
Substitutes not used: Rachael Laws, Tyler Dodds
Bookings: Bruinenberg 39, Wyne 48
Red Cards: None
Referee: Richard Hulme