Wolves Women 3 (Palmer 24, Selmes 59, Williams 90+3)
Derby County Ladies 2
Wolves Women wrapped up their season in style thanks to a dramatic late winner at home to Derby.
After some bad results, Wolves wanted to end their season with a win, and set about their task well, with Jamillah Palmer and Jordan Timmins-Ray having efforts at goal in the opening 15 minutes.
Wolves took the lead on 24 minutes with a beautiful solo effort from Palmer, who ran from just inside the Derby half, beating her marker, before cutting in onto her right foot to curl a shot around the keeper and into the net.
Six minutes later Palmer was at it again, this time picking the ball up on the edge of her own box, and running 70 yards to cross for Dani Selmes, who could only head into the hands of the keeper.
Derby equalised with the next attack, Lauren Walker fouling Nicole Ledgister in the box, giving Grace John the chance to score from the spot. John coolly dispatched her penalty, although Natalie Hall was unlucky not to keep it out with her legs. With the score level at the break, both sides fancied their chances for the second half.
The second half began with Wolves very much on top. Palmer and Selmes both had efforts flash just wide of the Derby goal, before Palmer beat three players as she danced into the penalty box, only to be crowded out before she could get her shot away.
Minutes later, Wolves’ Achilles heel came back to bite them as a corner from Derby was allowed to bounce in the box and one of their players took advantage from close range to take the lead.
That lead didn’t last long however, as Wolves hauled themselves level six minutes later. A sublime through ball from the battling Amber Quick found the feet of Selmes, who hit the back of the net with her second attempt after the keeper parried her first.
As full time approached, both sides looked for the winning goal, with Natalie Hall producing a couple of great saves to keep the visitors out. Wolves had chances of their own, with Palmer and Quick going close.
For all of their good passing play, it was more route one football that saw Wolves grab a late winner. Natalie Hall’s free-kick from halfway found its way to Hannah Williams in the box, who twisted past a challenge to fire past the goal keeper and secure a final win for Wanderers.
Wolves’ goal scoring hero Hannah Williams reflected on an action-packed game. She said: “It was a great final game for us, and we showed our team spirit to continue battling, even at two-one down.
“But I’m taking pure responsibility for the tekkers on the winning goal!”
Manager James Astle was pleased with his sides end to the season. He added: “Going into the game we had three injuries to key players, but we were determined, knowing that the win would see us finish above Derby.
“We did o-k in the first half, but saw our hard work undone by a penalty.
“I thought we were much better in the second half, but were undone yet again from a set piece.
“I’ve got to give credit to my team for battling back into the game and press high up the pitch.
“A good goal helped us out and with time running out we had to give a big push to get the win and finish above Derby.
“In the end we made it and the girls deserve the win.”
Team: N. Hall, Large (Moore), Rimmer, Williams, Walker, Morris (Wilson), Quick, Timmins-Ray, B. Hall, Palmer, Selmes. Not used: Hewitt.