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Ladies Reserves Edged Out


10:37 11th March 2013

Second string suffer dramatic defeat

Wolves Women Reserves      3    (Palmer 54, Holmes 55, Rimmer 60)

Lincoln City Ladies Reserves    4     (Aisthorpe 28 & 77, Crosby 30, Haywood 84)

With the first team's game with Nottingham Forest postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Wolves Women's reserves took centre stage this weekend, with their game against Lincoln City providing a dramatic finale to their season.

On what was an icy cold Sunday afternoon at Bentley Leisure Pavilion, Lincoln were first on the scoresheet in the 28th minute through a stunning long-range effort from Stacey Aisthorpe. 

Just two minutes later they doubled their lead as Holly Crosby slotted home from a corner, sending them in at the break with a two goal lead.

The second half saw Wolves come out fighting, and they'd levelled the score within 10 minutes. Substitute Jamillah Palmer was first on the scoresheet, before Summer Holmes was first to a loose ball to make it 2-2.

The initiative was now with Wolves, who were putting on the pressure, and in the 60th minute their perseverance paid off as defender Leanne Rimmer headed home to make it 3-2 to Wolves.

The game wasn't over yet though, and the tables turned again with a second goal for Aisthorpe levelling the scores at 3-3.

As full time approached both sides were fighting hard, but it was Lincoln who took the spoils as Haywood scored the visitors' fourth goal just four minutes from time, denying Wolves anything despite a great effort.

After the game, Wolves manager Trevor Mullings said: "Obviously we're disappointed with the result, but it was a great performance today.

"The players had to readjust in the second half and they certainly did that, showing great character to fight back from a 2-0 deficit to take the lead. It was an all round good performance, and they fought to the very end."

He added: "It would have been nice to end the season with a win, but I'm happy with their effort, and it was a great game for the neutral!

"We'll have to wait now to see where we'll finish in the league as some clubs still have games to play, but we'll be at least mid-table, if not higher, which is an excellent achievement for what must be the youngest squad in the league, many of them playing for the first time this season at senior level."

Team: Emily Oldacre, Lauren Williams (Jamillah Palmer), Emma Cross, Brogan Cook, Victoria Palin, Hannah Williams, Leanne Rimmer, Sam Berry (Jade Cross), Summer Holmes, Jade Hewitt, Louise Price

Subs not used: Kelly Fowell

Wolves Women's first team are back at their Castlecroft home next Sunday - 17th March - when they entertain Derby County with a 2pm kick-off.

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