Women's football: Leicester City Ladies draw with leaders
Leicester City Ladies held leaders Stoke to a 1-1 draw at Aylestone Park FC.
It was a creditable result for the fifth-place team in the Midland Combination team against rivals who are 10 points ahead of them.
Leicester team showed resolve after the previous week's last-minute defeat to Wolves.
In the first half, the big Stoke side were strong and effective. Leicester tried to carve out openings but clear chances were at a minimum.
In the second half, Stoke took the lead early on with a stunning set-piece.
Then Kayleigh Hillier, an ever-present in the Leicester attack, headed home to level the scores.
The player of the match for Leicester was Reva-Jay Allen.
It was mission impossible for Shepshed Dynamo, who had only 10 players available to face Mansfield, who were top of the East Midlands League Premier Division.
Dynamo produced a battling performance, which typified their fighting spirit.
But they were still on the end of a 6-1 defeat.
Mansfield found it difficult to break Dynamo in the first 20 minutes.
But, once the first goal went in, their confidence grew and the ball kept coming back at the Dynamo defence.
It was no surprise they were 4-0 ahead at the break.
Dynamo continued to battle well in the second half but conceded a fifth goal on the hour mark.
They were now making a few breaks of their own and a superb turn by Kristie Pearman allowed Jody Scott to race through and score with a cracking volley from 20 yards.
This appeared to galvanize Dynamo, who continued to frustrate a Town attack that could add only one more goal before full-time.
Pearman was awarded the Shepshed Building Society player of the match for her sterling work in midfield, although any of the other nine players could have been given the award.
There was good news, though, with other results meaning they had staved off the threat of relegation and will play in the Premier Division next season, and the management are already making plans for the new campaign.
Dynamo have no game until Sunday, April 15 when they play Long Eaton at home.