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Women Beaten By Leaders


09:17 29th April 2013

by Matt Sacco

Ladies humbled by title contenders

Wolves Women 1 (Wilson 2)

Sheffield FC Ladies 5 (Davies 3, McHalska 5, Giampalma 57, Goodman 77, Ward 80)

Wolves Women crashed to defeat against the league leaders and title favourites Sheffield Ladies on Sunday.

Wolves took the lead in a astonishing opening five minutes - during which three goals were scored. Lauren Walker's corner found Philippa Wilson (pictured) who nodded the ball into the corner of the net from close range. 

Wolves' lead lasted barely a minute though as they fell asleep at the back to allow Davies to tap in from close range from a square ball. Sheffield took the lead two minutes later, but this time it was down to some individual class, as Jodie McHalska twisted and turned before firing into the top corner from twenty yards out.

Becky Hall had the chance to bring the game level on fifteen minutes as she raced through on goal, but the Sheffield keeper narrowed the angle and blocked well to deny Wolves. Hall nearly brought Wolves onto even terms on the half hour mark after some great skill, however her twenty yard effort struck the post, with the keeper well beaten. Wolves also went close through Jamillah Palmer, whose stunning run saw her beat three players before curling her effort inches wide of the post.

As half-time approached, Sheffield forced a great save from Natalie Hall, giving the home side a reminder of the threat they posed. However as the teams headed for the tunnel, Wolves were very much in the game and were certainly not outplayed by their opponents.

Unfortunately in the second half, Wolves played without the fight or desire that they had shown in the first half, and Sheffield took advantage. 

Lisa Giampalma headed in from close range before the hour as the home defence failed to cut out a cross, and Wolves never looked like getting back into the game. Further goals from Lynn Goodman and Carla Ward cemented Wolves' defeat as Sheffield ran out worthy winners. 

After the game, Manager James Astle said he was pleased with the first half, but couldn't defend the second: "We couldn't have wished for a better start, and then to allow two goals against us was really unacceptable. 

"Having said that we got stronger, competed and went in at half-time feeling quite good. As for the second half, I just want to forget about it. Too many players were playing thinking all is safe and there is nothing to play for, they should know nothing is concrete. 

"There was no pride or desire at times. I've set them a challenge for our midweek derby away to Albion - let's see if they are ready to accept it."

Wolves Women play away at Albion on Wednesday night at Halesowen FC - kick-off is at 7.45pm.

Team: N. Hall, Rimmer, Salter, Williams, Walker, Wilson (Hewitt), Quick, Moore (Large), Palmer, B. Hall, Selmes.

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