Following last weekend's win over league leaders, Tranmere Rovers, attention turned to the lower half of the table as the Hatters hosted strugglers, Accrington. County have been dominant home or away this season and so went into the game as hot favourites.
Kath Jones returned to the squad, but found herself on the bench, while development players Holly Stokes, Jess Hill and Rach Mason were called into the squad as substitutes.
The Hatters started the game at pace, with Melissa Von Bargen making a nuisance of herself in midfield with a number of strong tackles. Following a poor goal-kick from the visitors' 'keeper, Von Bargen intercepted a pass just outside the box and slotted through to Chloe Mapp who tucked home to continue her run of goalscoring this season.
The striker then went down clutching her chest, prompting an immediate substitution for Holly Stokes. The club's top scorer left the pitch in tears, it was later determined that the high winds and freezing temperatures had caused a flare up of Mapp's asthma.
The visitors had the fair share of the possession in the first half, but struggled to really threaten the County defense. A ball to Von Bargen in midfield was controlled well, but upon turning the Liverpudlian found herself under pressure, losing the ball before the striker lifted a lofted shot into the air which, when carried by the wind, went over the head of Blackett and into the back of the net.
From there, the visitors continued to pile on the pressure, Sophie John and Chaneece Reeves worked tirelessly in the middle of the pitch to keep the ball from reaching the County back line. The deadlock was eventually broken again though as Reeves made a marauding run down the right before playing in low drive for Abi Hayes to latch onto, making it 2-1.
Reeves got in on the goals herself for the second week in a row as she attempted to play a ball into Hayes once more. This time the ball, carried by the strong winds, looped up and over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net from some distance.
HT | County 3-1 Accrington
After a somewhat poor half from all accounts (despite the scoreline), the Hatters came out for the second half with a point to prove. A number of early chances fell the way of the home side as Hanna Wilson continued to make piercing runs down the right. Some early pressure allowed for a few early set-pieces and it was from one of those set-pieces that Holly Stokes got in on the action. An O'Reilly corner from the right was missed by the defenders at the front post, allowing for the 16 year old to put it home from close range, making it 4-1 to the girls in blue.
This goal prompted a substitution, Kath Jones coming on the place of Melissa Von Bargen on the right of a three-woman midfield. Jones provided a different attacking threat for the visitors to deal with as she linked up well with Wilson out wide a number of times.
A quality ball in from the right was then met by Holly Stokes on the edge of the six yard box with a sweet volley, only for the goal to be disallowed for offside.
It was another set-piece that gifted the home side their fifth as yet another ball into the box from O'Reilly was met by Sophie John who directed the ball goalwards. Jodie Hancock leaped in front of the ball, which looked destined for the top corner, and knocked it in on the line. A dubious goal, but following a check with the goals panel, has been given to the centre-back.