Moving the ball forward, the heart swelled with optimism, while covering the back, the heart was in the mouth, as an erratic Team Ritesh Football Whanganui ultimately prevailed 2-1 over Taradale AFC at Wembley Park on Sunday.

The importance of claiming consecutive Women's Federation League wins for the first time in their history cannot be overstated for Whanganui, especially as it was their inaugural victory over an opponent who is not bottom of the table, and in fact Taradale remain a favourite for the GR Engineering Federation Cup semifinals this coming Friday.

But Whanganui rode a hard path to get