Wolves Women 2 Quick (72), Perks (90+1)
Leeds United Ladies 1 McIver (58)
Wolves Women recorded their first league victory of the season with an impressive 2-1 win over Leeds United at Castlecroft Stadium. There were chances for both sides in a competitive first half which saw Dani Selmes, Amber Quick and Jamilla Palmer all come close, while Natalie Hall made a couple of great saves at the other end.
There was some brave defending from the Wolves back four, including Natalie Widdal who came off worse when she managed to get her head to a well-struck ball which was goal-ward bound.
After a goalless first half, manager Trevor Mullings brought on substitute Dominique Luke for Jordan Timmins-Ray to bolster up the midfield.
The competitive play continued, with Palmer shooting just wide in the 54th minute after Summer Holmes battled hard to win the ball in the penalty area.
But it was Leeds who took the advantage just four minutes later when Abbie McIver got round the back of the Wolves defence to put the visitors ahead.
Wolves fought back, with chances for Holmes, Palmer and Perks before Amber Quick eventually made the breakthrough in the 72nd minute. Wolves won the ball on the break, and Palmer's tenacity and speed beat the defence as she crossed in a lovely ball for Quick to equalise with a bullet header.
Wolves, with their tails up, bombarded the Leeds defence. Twice Selmes found herself in front of goal, one-on-one with the keeper, but couldn't make the breakthrough. Summer Holmes was holding the ball up well and should have scored herself, but her shot went just wide.
With the clock ticking down, Wolves kept pressing, and just as they did in the League Cup game against the same opponents, scored the winner in stoppage time. Palmer took the corner in the 91st minute and Anna Perks headed the ball down to beat the keeper and take all 3 points.
Manager Mullings said: “What an entertaining game that was today. From the offset it was high tempo, and I can’t give the girls enough praise.
“The scoreline doesn’t reflect the game – we could have had six!
“Everyone stuck to their duties, they showed togetherness, and played like a team for the full 90 minutes. It was the best performance of the season.
“Let’s hope we can take the momentum into our game away at Stoke next week.”
Team: N. Hall, Large, McQuilkin, Perks, Palin, Widdal, Palmer, Holmes, Timmins-Ray (Luke), Selmes, Quick. Subs not used: Rimmer, Williams, Waltho.