Falkirk Ladies 1 Forfar Farmington 3
Sutherland 48 Heron 11, 86
Forfar Farmington stretched their unbeaten run to five games with a scrappy 3-1 win over lowly Falkirk Ladies at Recreation Park.
Manager Mark Nisbet made two changes from last week’s 2-2 draw with Hamilton Accies, with Ellie Welton and Ann Taylor making way for Leonie Simpson and Caren Webster.
The side started strongly, Caroline Heron firing wide at the back post from a Julia Scott corner before seeing another attempt cleared just before the goalline by a defender in the first four minutes.
Falkirk were unlucky not to capitalise on poor defending in the 5th minute when their striker raced clear but failed to get a shot in as Simpson raced out to clear. A minute later she did well again to get down to save a shot from a corner.
Heron gave the away side the lead in the 11th minute with an excellent goal, a high ball came towards the Falkirk box, she outmuscled a defender, headed the ball with her back to goal, turned and hit a volley from just outside the area that went into the top corner.
Scott went close with a free kick minutes later before in the 24th minute a good through ball from Heron allowed her to get a shot away but she could only put it wide.
Forfar did have the ball in the net again in the 2th minute but the ref pulled the play back for an earlier offside. Heron saw another shot go straight at the keeper seconds later as Forfar started to dictate play.
The home side grabbed an equaliser three minutes after half time, a free kick 20 yards out from Lisa Sutherland deceived keeper Leonie Simpson due to the wind and Simpson couldn’t reach the ball as it went in the top corner.
Caroline Heron had chances to put Farmington ahead again in the 51st minute, her shot from the edge of the box being parried wide before she nodded wide from Julia Scott’s corner. Scott then missed a good opportunity from a Heron cross.
Heron then blasted over in the 58th minute before six minutes later she, Fay McDonald and Caren Webster all had shots blocked in quick succession as Falkirk frantically tried to clear their lines.
Cheryl Rigden came on for Webster in the 66th minute and made a difference in the middle of the park as two minute later the away side took the lead again, a ball from midfield caused havoc in the box when the keeper failed to hold it, Abbi Grant couldn’t get a shot away but the ball broke to Aimee Godfrey who had the simple task of slotting into an empty net from close range.
Rigden had a good turn and shot a minute later before Falkirk had a rare venture out of their own half, their number 10 going close with a 20 yard effort flying inches past Simpson’s post.
Forfar made sure of the game with four minutes left after excellent vision from Godfrey, a through ball split the Falkirk defence and Heron collected it before drilling through the keeper’s legs.
The two goals today from Heron further cements her place as top scorer in the entire SWPL, with 24 goals in all competitions, whilst the club’s next game is away to Hutchison Vale on the 15th later this month.
This result leaves the club still two points ahead of 8th placed Hamilton Academical, but with enough points to be in third place had they been in the top half of the table.
Ramblings of a Loon’s Player of the Match: Caroline Heron – scored two goals and was involved in every attack
Forfar Farmington: Leonie Simpson 6, Gemma Collier 6, Fay McDonald 7, Aimee Godfrey 7, Julia Scott 6, Nicola Davidson 6, Alana Bruce 6, Caroline Heron 8, Abbi Grant 6, Caren Webster 6 (Cheryl Rigden 66, 7), Nicky Grant 6.