Posh Women beaten 4-0 by Solihull Moors at idervde training ground.

Peterborough United Women suffered their first loss in the FA Women’s National League in five games after Solihull Moors recorded a 4-0 victory at idverde training ground on Sunday afternoon, a game that was described as “a tale of two halves” by assistant manager Anthony Rigby. 

Stacey McConville had an excellent opportunity to hand Posh the lead within the opening four minutes after Keir Perkins raced clear on the right and her cross picked out McConville inside the box, however the midfielder failed to make a clean connection from six yards out and the visitors cleared.

A teasing ball from Megan Parret on the left-hand side, who returned to the squad for the first time in three weeks, evaded everyone inside the box, falling to McConville but she could only lift the ball over the bar, although the linesman raised their flag anyway. Good pressure by Jess Driscoll on the edge of the box saw her win the ball, advanced at goal but was caught in two minds, her effort straight into the hands of the keeper. 

Solihull Moors’ Annie Highway shot from distance flew well over the bar, the closest the visitors came in the opening 20 minutes. The visitors broke the deadlock on 27 minutes, against the run of play, as a free-kick thundered against the woodwork, rebound into the area that wasn’t cleared and Charlotte Leedham was on hand to poke home.

Posh nearly had an instant reply as Perkins used strength and intelligence to advance into the box, but her effort was weak and comfortable for the keeper. Dan Lawlor was forced into an early change on 33 minutes as Faith Horner was replaced by Ellen Marson.

Kayleigh Aylmer saw her effort fly over the bar from the right-side of the box after a clever ball by Elloise Copson to set the defender through. Marson saw her effort from the edge of the box easily claimed by the keeper.

Posh were forced into another change in the late stages of the first half as McConville made way for Katie Steward. Highway saw a low-driven shot evade the far post as the visitors were the quickest out of traps after the break.

Katie Steward raced through on-goal after a superb ball by Evie Driscoll-King, advanced into the box but her shot had too much power and went over the bar. Lawlor made his third change of the afternoon on 67 minutes as Nicole Hendrick came on for Parrett.

Nieve Corry produced a wonderful one-hand tip around the post from Zoe Creaney’s header to keep the scoreline as it was. The visitors doubled their advantage on 80 minutes as a mix up between Copson and Corry allowed Highway to nick possession and fire home into an empty net.

Solihull Moors grabbed their third of the afternoon 87 minutes as Emma-Lee Hornsby fired over Corry from just inside the box and into the back of the net via the underside of the bar. It was four in the final minutes of the game as Creaney rose the highest from a corner to head home from close-range.

Posh: Corry, Aylmer, Copson, Driscoll-King, Makanjuola, Horner (Marson, 33min), Driscoll, Hipwell, Parrett (Hendrick, 67min), McConville (Katie Steward, 41min) and Perkins.

Subs Not Used: Butler.