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Wolves Felled As Forest Fire


21:27 3rd November 2013

by Matt Sacco

Visitors leave Castlecroft with the points

Wolves Women 0

Nottingham Forest Ladies 4 (Smith 33, 52, Hughes 75, 78)

Wolves Women fell to defeat at home to Nottingham Forest, in what is now becoming a concerning run of bad form.


Wolves started well and were the better side in the opening half an hour, Jamillah Palmer turning her marker 12 yards out only to be knocked off the ball as she went to shoot on ten minutes.

Dani Selmes and Laura McQuilkin both had efforts at goal for Wolves as the home side expressed themselves, before Natalie Hall made a good save at the other end as Forest found their feet.

Wolves were playing well in spells, but a defensive error gave the ball to Stephanie Smith 25 yards out, and the Forest midfielder made no mistake with a powerful drive into the corner of the net to put the visitors ahead on 33 minutes.

Wolves tried in vain to find a response but found themselves 2-0 down shortly after the interval as a failure to clear their lines saw Smith strike again.

Forest were through on goal on the hour mark, but Leanne Rimmer recovered well to help Natalie Hall smother the ball, as Wolves tried to stay in the game.

But the last fifteen minutes saw Wolves tire as they chased a breakthrough, and Amber Hughes twice found space at the back post to notch two quick goals to seal the game for Forest.

Wolves briefly rallied, as Palmer, pictured, went on a mazy run down the right, but her shot was well saved by Vanessa Kinnerley.

But overall Wolves failed to match the standards that they had set for themselves in the first half, and were punished for the simple errors that they made.

After the game, Wolves manager Trevor Mullings said: “We started off brightly, matching Forest in all departments and, even after we conceded, I still felt we could get something from the game.

“But the second half was a disappointment as we didn’t really come out of the changing room.”

Team: N. Hall, Large, Widdal, Rimmer, McQuilkin (Williams), Perks, Luke, Timmins-Ray (J. Cross), Palmer, Holmes, Selmes.  Sub not used: E. Cross.

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