Reds Ladies have sampled some of the best facilities on their travels, playing at Brunton Park and Gigg Lane for example, but this was an entirely different experience.
Their match against Morecambe Reserves was played at Millhead FC, near Carnforth, which is one of the quirkiest and smallest pitches in the north-west with the playing surface housed in a disused quarry.
The fact that they were playing at this unusual venue and against a team without a point may have led to a touch of complacency, but they produced a professional performance and the emphatic win lifted them to third spot in Division One North of the North West Women’s Regional League.
Hannah Geen opened the scoring after just four minutes and it was plain sailing after that with Reds five goals up at the break.
They went ‘route one’ after twenty minutes, doubling their lead through Hayley Bracken and, five minutes later, scored a fine third with Caitlin Davis finding the net with a sublime effort from an acute angle.
Bracken scored her second of the afternoon after linking well with Sophie Birkett in the thirty-seventh minute and it was 5-0 five minutes before the interval when Reds were awarded a penalty. Nat Hooper was fouled inside the area and skipper Linzi Donaldson converted from the spot.
Morecambe actually out-scored Reds in the second half, reducing the arrears soon after the restart and grabbing a second consolation goal just before the end. But Reds got their sixth of the afternoon in between, with the prolific Bracken completing her hat-trick.