Wolves 1 (Selmes 60)
Newcastle United Ladies 5 (Crooks 37, 76, Havelock 51, Potts 80, Pyper 90)
Wolves slipped to successive defeats for the first time in over a year as they were soundly beaten in an error-strewn display at Newcastle.
The opening half hour saw both sides compete evenly, passing well and looking to attack down the flanks, with Wolves holding their own after a five-hour trip up North.
Kelly Pinner and Sophie Richards both came close for Wolves in the first half but Newcastle took the lead against the run of play on 37 minutes when Stacey Crooks was given time to twist and turn before firing into the bottom corner of the net past the stranded Natalie Hall.
Wolves went into the break a little aggrieved at being behind after a solid first half when perhaps they could lay claim to being the better side.
The second half however was one sided as Wolves handed Newcastle four goals from poor individual mistakes. They did however come close to an equaliser on 48 minutes when a Richards through ball found Dani Selmes, but she blazed her effort over the bar under pressure.
Three minutes later Newcastle doubled their lead when Jess Havelock was allowed to turn from a throw-in and she needed no second invitation to run into space and rifle her shot into the net.
Wolves gave themselves a chance when they pulled a goal back on the hour mark when Jamillah Palmer’s pass found Selmes, who took a touch before slotting past the keeper.
Both sides were pushing for another goal and with 15 minutes left on the clock Newcastle did just that. Wolves gave the ball away cheaply inside their own half and Crooks took advantage to smash another unstoppable shot into the top corner.
Four minutes later Wolves were their own worst enemy again as they failed to defend a corner, Charlotte Potts had a free header at the front post and she nodded in off the crossbar to give the hosts a 4-1 lead.
With five minutes remaining and the game as good as lost, Wolves handed a debut to three youngsters - Lauren Williams and twins Emma and Jade Cross.
As the game entered its dying moments Newcastle made it five when Megan Pyper headed in a cross from ten yards.
Goalkeeper and team captain Natalie Hall was disappointed with the performance but insisted the team will bounce back.
“Today was hugely disappointing,” she admitted.
“We started the game really positively and looked like we could get something out of it.
“However a number of individual errors have cost us and unfortunately when playing at this level these mistakes rarely go unpunished.
“I’m sure as a squad we can bounce back from it and learn with each game we play and we will definitely come back stronger.”
Manager James Astle was critical of his side’s second half display.
He said: “Today was a long distance to travel to give such a poor performance.
“We can’t use the excuse of missing seven players today as in the first half we were fine, and it was pretty unfair to concede we felt.
“The second half was one of the worst I’ve seen, all credit to Newcastle for some excellent finishing when the chances arose but it is something we should look at.
“It’s very simple at this level, you make individual errors and you get punished.
“Well done to Newcastle but for us some serious work is needed in midweek.”
Team: N. Hall, Rimmer (Williams), Perks, Williams, Walker, Pinner, Morris (J.Cross), Richards, Palmer, Timmins-Ray (E. Cross), Selmes.