The hosts had not lost in 17 home games – last tasting defeat on April 26, 2015 in a 1-0 reverse to us.
We were unfortunate not to take the lead early on, when Danielle van de Donk had rounded Marie Hourihan, only to see Megan Campbell clear her goalbound strike off the line.
The goal did eventually come, and in stunning fashion too, as Nobbs thumped home a free-kick which was perfectly placed into the top-right corner.
SETTING THE SCENE
We were forced to withstand some early pressure, with Steph Houghton’s header from a corner cleared off the line.
Van de Donk then rounded Hourihan only for Campbell to clear, as the pattern of the game began to shift.
We went close again when Mead got in behind, but she fluffed her lines in a one-on-one and failed to test Hourihan.
She responded strongly though, forcing a save out of the City goalkeeper just moments later as we headed in at the break with the game goalless.
Neither side made any changes at the break, with the game increasingly seeming to swing in our favour.
Despite a slip from Patten, Toni Duggan could only find the side-netting and moments later, Jill Scott sent a free header straight into the arms of Van Veenendaal.
With 15 minutes left on the clock Nobbs smashed a free-kick beyond the reach of Hourihan to threaten to end the hosts’ proud home record.
There was to be one final change for the Citizens, but after excellent work from Scott, Duggan wasted the opportunity with a tame effort.
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