Fresh off the back of another win last week, the Hatters were looking to make it eight wins from eight in competitive matches this season. Their opponents were Penrith, the most northernly side in the league, who become the first side that County have played twice this season.
This week's team news saw a return to the squad for Katie Brusell and Jeneyah Webb. Abi Hayes dropped to the bench as Jodie Hancock slotted back into defense, while Chaneece Reeves came into the midfield alongside Jones and John. Emma Massey also dropped to the bench to allow for Webb to start.
A rather slow start to the game saw County spend a lot of their time attacking down the left hand side, through Brusell, Jones and O'Reilly. The Hatters were reserved to only being able to shoot from distance, due to their opponents defensive formation, which transitioned into a back six when the home side had possession.
A defensive mishap for County put the visitors through on goal, with the striker curling home an effort, leaving Blackett with no chance of stopping it.
A free-kick to County, around 30 yards from goal, lined up nicely for O'Reilly but her effort couldn't beat the wall. The ball then fell to John stood 35-40 yards from goal, who looked up, saw the goalkeeper off her line and dipped a superb effort up and over the 'keeper and into the goal to pull the Hatters level.
A good break from Jeneyah Webb down the right then saw her push into the box, only to be fouled by the onrushing defender. The penalty that followed was taken by Chloe Mapp, who made no mistakes in placing the ball into the bottom corner.
Another good break from Webb, bursting through two defenders, allowed her to get space to cross the ball. Her cross was whipped in to the near post, where Katie Brusell was rushing in to glance the ball into the goal from close range.
Brusell was almost in again with another headed chance, but her contact with the ball was unfortunately not as accurate, as the ball flew wide. But this miss was all forgotten just minutes later as she took the ball just outside the box and hammered it home to make it 4.
HT | County 4-1 Penrith
County started strong in the second half, with a flowing attack down the right. Bruselll took the ball beyond her marker inside the box and curled home to make it five, gaining her hat-trick in the process.
A fantastic move in the midfield from John and Brusell, saw the ball roll through to Webb who confidently played an expert backheel pass into the feet of Chloe Mapp. It was all trivial from there, as Mapp buried the ball home from the edge of the 18 yard area.
A County change followed, with Hanna Wilson coming off for Abi Hayes.
Hayes made an immediate impact too, playing the ball well on the right for Brusell, who crossed the ball into the six yard area where Chloe Mapp was waiting, her header went past the goalkeeper and allowed last season's top scorer to complete her hat-trick.
Brusell showed off her skills once more as she got her fourth of the game with a cool finish in side the box. Manager, Ronnie Green, saw this as opportunity to bring on Emma Massey for Kath Jones as Penrith appeared to be on their last legs.
Claire O'Reilly got another on the goal tally for defenders this season with her third goal in two games. The full-back doesn't score easy goals, striking from 25 yards and into the top corner, giving the goalkeeper no chance.
Chloe Mapp closed the scoring and put the score into double digits as she tucked home her fourth of the game from close range just minutes before the final whistle.
FT | County 10-1 Penrith
Team: Blackett, Wilson (Hayes), Connor (C), Hancock, O'Reilly, Jones (Massey), Reeves, John, Brusell, Mapp, Webb.
POTM: Jeneyah Webb.
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