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Hat-trick hero Legg hails "best football" for SSFC Women

South Shields Women’s hat-trick hero Annece Legg says she’ll be looking back on Sunday as being some of the “best football" the team has played this season.

The Mariners bounced back from the Wakefield defeat a fortnight ago as they coasted to a 7-0 thrashing against Redcar Town Ladies.

It brings her total goals tally up to seven which ranks joint-second best along with Jaz Elliott-Wood which must instill plenty of confidence ahead of the final 10 games of the season.

She said: “I feel it was a well deserved win as we played some really good football from the very beginning until the final whistle. There’s a lot of character within the team, and I think that most definitely showed on the pitch from everyone as well as the four different goal scorers today. 

“I think we will be looking back at this game being some of the best football we have played as a team so far this season. It was great to be a part of.”

She hopes netting her first hat-trick for the side can inspire future similar performances.

“It’s a great feeling to get the win, especially with a good score line to add to our tally of goals,” she added.

“Personally, I’m delighted to contribute and score one goal in any game but to get a hat-trick feels special. I certainly didn’t expect that! 

“It’s a massive confidence boost for myself and hopefully I can continue to do well in the remaining games of the season.”

Next up at Harton Welfare for the lasses is the return leg of the Bradford game, where Shields battled and battled but couldn’t hold on as they conceded a 94th minute equaliser in Yorkshire to draw 1-1. 

That game has a lot riding on it and your support as fans will be ever-appreciated as it could go a long way in terms of the ongoing title fight.

She continued: “It was a massive shame to concede in the final minutes against Bradford earlier on in the season as the team put everything into the game. 

“It was very unlucky. Obviously a few players, including myself, were missing from that game so it would be good to see if we can make a difference and hopefully take the win. 

“I have full confidence in the team and that we will have no trouble putting on an excellent performance exactly like we did today.”

Debutant Sophie Curle netted a brace to get off to a flying start in claret and blue and she said she “felt good” in what was an “ideal debut game” for the new forward.

“The girls were on top form today!” she remarked. 

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