Ellie Curson Action Shot

Posh Women U23s claim their first victory of the season.

Peterborough United Women U23s secured their first win of the season after a 4-0 victory over Notts County Women Reserves at Clifton Football Club on Sunday afternoon in the FA Women’s National League Reserves Midlands Division, with a brace from Frankie Pim alongside Ella-Mai Bale and Ellie Curson netting their first goals of the campaign.

Posh started the game well and opened the scoring on 14 minutes as Pim turned her defender and fired her effort across the goal into the far corner. Seven minutes later, Posh extended their lead as Curson sent a corner deep into the box and Ella-Mai Bale was there to head home from close-range. 

On 40 minutes, Michael Allsebrook capped off a fine first-half display as Taya Smith’s cross found Pim, she took a touch and fired home on the half-volley into the far corner to net her second goal of the afternoon.

On the hour mark, Posh grabbed their fourth goal of the afternoon and it was a fantastic strike from Curson as her effort from distance found the top corner, giving The Magpies goalkeeper no chance.

Speaking after the game, Michael Allsebrook said: “I asked the players for a reaction from last Sunday’s result and to be more together as a team, and that’s exactly what they gave me. It’s a really positive performance. We’ve dominated the ball for the majority of the 90 minutes and had probably 70-80% possession. The players showed plenty of moments of quality. We’ve spoke to the girls in the dressing room and said that’s the standards that we have set now. We have to maintain this for the remainder of the season.”

“They performed fantastically all over the pitch today. Megan [Dellar] and the backline worked well and deserved the clean sheet. We defended well today which is a massive improvement on last season. It’s our first victory competitively this season, so will give the players the confidence to build on from here.”

The brace from Pim on Sunday afternoon took her tally to an impressive seven goals in four games this campaign and Allsebrook was pleased for her, but also for Bale and Curson, who also got off the mark for Posh.

Allsebrook added: “I’m pleased for Frankie to get another brace today. That’s seven goals for her now. She’s a real threat in front of goal at the moment. I’m pleased for Ella-Mai [Bale] to get her first goal of the season and credit to her as she’s got stuck into the corner and put her head where it hurts. 

“Ellie’s [Curson] goal was unbelievable, it shows the technical ability that we know she has. She’s had a few cracks at goal over the past few games and today she stuck her effort into the top corner.”

The games keep on coming for the under 23s, with an away game to Stourbridge Women next weekend, and Allsebrook is looking forward to the trip to the West Midlands.

“We’ve got a tough game next week away at Stourbridge, but I’m confident that if we approach the game in the same manner we’ve done today, then there’s no reason why we can’t get another result next weekend,” Allsebrook added.

Posh XI: Dellar, King, Sands, Osker, Richards-Reeves, Podd (sub 70min, Akinyemi), Curson, Mears, Bale, Pim (sub 63min, Moore), Smith (sub 57min, Karagholi).