STAFFORD Ladies firsts returned to Staffordshire League division one action against Dudley, at Beaconside, on Saturday and emerged 4-1 winners.After a high tempo start from Stafford a break against the run of play from Dudley caught the home side unawares.
Dudley got players forward quickly and when the ball was crossed into the circle they had players unmarked and were able to work it round the Stafford keeper to secure a 1-0 lead.
Undeterred, Stafford kept up the pace and quickly got back on level terms with a scrappy goal put away Rachel Humpage.
A string of penalty corners followed for Stafford but they were not able to get any decisive shots onb target.
Right on the stroke of half-time Stafford's continued pressure was rewarded with a second goal from Humpage to go 2-1 up.
The second half saw Stafford maintain their attacking play with any Dudley attacks being contained through good communication and defensive play.
Stafford's third goal arrived when Karen Madoc-Jones found Emma Clay in the circle and she slotted home.
It was Madoc-Jones who put the result beyond doubt when she got the decisive touch from a Becky Blakey free hit to make it 4-1.
The three points keeps Stafford four points clear at the top of the table and this