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Ladies Suffer Bristol Defeat

by Daniel Alston @efc_danalston

Everton Ladies were involved in another rollercoaster game at Bristol Academy, but came away empty-handed once more on Thursday evening.

The Blues had already been knocked out of the FA Women's Cup courtesy of a 3-2 defeat by the Vixens four days prior.

And with attention finally turning to their WSL opener, Andy Spence's side suffered a narrow 4-3 reverse at the Stoke Gifford Stadium.

The hosts took the lead midway through the first half through Ann-Marie Heatherson but a Toni Duggan brace in the space of three minutes gave Everton the lead at the break.

Natalia Sanchon, who scored twice in the weekend fixture, levelled the scores at 2-2 with a shot on the turn that cannoned in off the bar.

Substitute Corinne Yorston would go on to win the game with two spectacular strikes in the final stages, either side of Alex Greenwood's fierce free-kick.

Blues goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis was left to reflect on another extraordinary match and admitted: “I don’t think we played particularly well in either of the last two games, although obviously it’s disappointing to lose.

“Our striker Toni Duggan has scored four goals in those two matches and ended up on the losing side both times, which probably doesn’t happen too often.

“The rest of us need to buck up and make sure we start picking up some points. I still think anyone can beat anyone else in the league this season, and that means it’s probably going to be closer than in the previous two years.”

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  • Saturday, 18:02

    REACTION: Roberto Martinez said his side paid the price for poor defending following the defeat at St Mary's: evertonfc.com/news/2014/12/2…

  • Saturday, 17:30

    REPORT: An own goal, plus strikes from Pelle and Yoshida resign the Blues to defeat at St Mary's: evertonfc.com/fixtures/2010-…

  • Saturday, 17:20

    Martinez: “We had a good result on Monday and wanted to follow that up. This is a setback and now we need to get ready for Stoke at home.”

  • Saturday, 17:19

    Martinez: “The way we defended balls and crosses into our box was disappointing. It was a day when nothing went in our favour.#EFC#EFC