Nottingham Forest Ladies 1 (Bell 18)
Wolves Women 2 (Rimmer 6, Selmes 24)
Wolves Women boosted their survival chances with a hard-fought away win at high-flying Nottingham Forest.
Wolves were well aware of the tough task they faced against the league’s second-placed side, starting quickly and pressing their opponents high up the pitch from the first whistle.
The early pressure paid off as Wolves took the lead on six minutes when Leanne Rimmer volleyed in a stunning effort from 30 yards to score her first senior goal in ten years.
Forest were stunned by the early goal, but quickly regrouped, showing their class by quickly equalising through the dangerous Andi Bell, who finished well into the far corner.
Not fazed by being pulled level, Wolves took the lead once more on 24 minutes when Vicky Palin’s ball over the top was controlled well by Dani Selmes, who showed great strength to hold off both centre-backs before lashing the ball into the roof of the net.
Selmes went close again after half an hour, as Wolves showed no signs of nerves as they fight to avoid relegation.
The second half saw Forest pile on the pressure, but Natalie Hall pulled off some good saves to keep Wolves ahead. A triple substitution from Forest saw them go all out for the win, but Wolves defended well, pressing their opponents at all times to restrict chances.
Wolves could have wrapped up the game with fifteen minutes to go, but Selmes couldn’t beat the keeper with her lofted finish after racing clear.
Forest tried in vain to equalise but Wolves were the better side on the day, securing a vital win in their battle against the drop.
Manager Trevor Mullings was delighted with his team. He said: “It was an excellent performance today, and a well deserved three points.
“We pressed well and defended well as a unit, and I’m happy that we created chances against one of the top teams in the league and out-fought them.
“We need to carry this performance into next week.”
Team: N. Hall, Large, Palin, Widdal, Rimmer, Perks, Luke, McQuilkin (Timmins-Ray), Quick, Hopkins (B. Hall), Selmes. Unused Sub: Hewitt.