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Women Battle Back For Point


19:32 1st September 2013

Great comeback in first home game

Wolves Women 2  (Luke 54, Selmes 74)


Blackburn Rovers  2  (Young 27, 44)


Wolves Women battled back from 2-0 down at half time to earn a well-deserved point in a hard- fought game against Blackburn Rovers at Castlecroft Stadium on Sunday afternoon.


Wolves took time to settle in their first home game of the season, with Blackburn attacking from the start and hitting the side netting in the first 10 minutes. Wolves' first chance came in the 18th minute, but Lauren Williams headed over from a McQuilkin corner.


Blackburn's pressure paid off in the 27th minute, with Danni Young slotting past keeper Hall to put the visitors ahead.


Manager Trevor Mullings was forced to rearrange his team as Wolves lost striker Jade Hewitt to injury in the 28th minute. Substitute Jade Cross took up a wide role, while Timmins-Ray joined Selmes, pictured, up front.


Cross found some nice touches, and almost managed to put Timmins-Ray through, but Blackburn continued to press and Young managed to double her tally just before the break to send the visitors in 2-0 ahead.


Mullings made another substitution at half time, with Sarah Lambeth replacing Lauren Williams and Wolves growing in confidence.


In the 54th minute Dominique Luke won possession in midfield and sent a great strike at goal from 30 yards out to pull one back for the home side.


Wolves were now battling hard, and Blackburn were denied another opportunity by Rimmer who cleared off the line.


As the game moved from end to end, Lambeth headed wide before Natalie Hall made a diving save to keep Blackburn out.


Wolves continued to fight, and Selmes' shot at goal was just parried by the keeper, for her to convert the rebound for the equaliser.


Minutes later Rimmer was called into action again and dived in to stop the ball going into the net and it finished 2-2.


Manager Mullings said:  "It was certainly a game of two halves! In the first half we were losing the ball in the middle of the park and not doing our defensive duties. We showed them too much respect and gave them too much space. We didn't get our first real attempt on goal until 18 minutes in.


"But we showed real character and heart to come back in the second half. It was a great strike from Dominique, then belief started to show. We upped the work rate and started closing down, then Dani scored a fantastic goal to get the point."


*Next Sunday 8th September sees Wolves travel to local rivals Albion. The game will be played at Halesowen Town FC with a 2pm kick-off.









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