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Former champions Thika Queens run riot to cement position

Two-time Women Premier League (WPL) champions Thika Queens registered back-to-back wins at the weekend to extend their stay at the top of the table on 27 points, three points from second-placed Vihiga Queens and four clear of the chasing pack.

The Stanlous Otsieno-coached side also extended their unbeaten run to nine matches, the only unbeaten side so far in the unified league after 11 round.

Thika’s unbeaten run was put to test when they faced Joshua Ariko’s Eldoret Falcons on Sunday but they still managed to pocket maximum points from a lone goal, courtesy of Harambee Starlets’ diminutive striker Mwanahalima Adam, scored in the 12th minute.

On Saturday, the leaders had a relatively easy time as they faced Kisumu All Starlets who could barely match Thika’s class as they fell by seven goals to one.

On their part, Eldoret Falcons are third on the log, tied at 23 points with Trans Nzoia Falcons but with a superior goal difference. Eldoret had won their Saturday clash against hard fighting Oserian Ladies by a single goal, scored by new signing Roselyne Gesare in the 75th minute.

“We had a tough weekend as we were up against strong sides and the Saturday match left us exhausted. One of our key strikers Janet Bundi also suffered an injury that kept her off the Thika match. We fought hard to at least grab a point from This but it is unfortunate we lost.

However, we are back in training as we believe nothing is lost just yet,” said Eldoret head coach Ariko who is eyeing a maiden title for the side. League title holders Vihiga Queens made their trip to Mombasa count as they bagged six points after winning their weekend matches.

The side thrashed Mombasa Olympic 6-1 but had to fight harder to grab a 1-0 win against Spedag. The two wins saw them close the gap on leaders Thika after moving second at 24 points.

In other matches, visiting Trans Nzoia humiliated Mathare 5-0 in front of home fans while Kayole Starlets fell by one goal to Soccer Queens.

Before falling to Vihiga, Spedag had won their Saturday encounter with Wadadia by three goals to one.

Baringo Starlets and Olympic woes continue as the former lost 4-1 to Kakamega Leeds while the later lost 2-0 to Wadadia in addition to losing to holders Vihiga.

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