Wolves 15 (B. Hall 4, 14, 64, Selmes 6, 21, 49, 61, 75, Palmer 30, 56, Berry 37, Salter 47, Hewitt 50, 74, Timmins-Ray 79)
Rushall 1 ( Rayner 38)
Wolves Women breezed into the semi-final of the County Cup with a commanding win over lower-league Rushall - in what was only their second game since the beginning of November.
Becky Hall opened the scoring early for Wolves before Dani Selmes converted a penalty, after Jamillah Palmer was fouled in the box. Hall’s 20-yard effort made it 3-0 after fourteen minutes and Selmes grabbed her brace minutes later with a fantastic lofted finish over the goalkeeper.
Palmer and substitute Sam Berry scored a further goal respectively before Jessica Rayner pulled a goal back for Rushall as half time approached.
Wolves made a lightning start to the second half; scoring 4 times in 10 minutes as Layla Salter, Selmes, Jade Hewitt and Palmer all scored good goals.
Further goals were added by Hall, debutant Hewitt, Jordan Timmins-Ray and the rampant Selmes.
In the end Wolves were far too strong for their opponents and were relieved to finally get back on the pitch after a frustrating few months of postponements.
Following the game, five-goal hero Selmes reflected on the encounter: "It was good to get back playing today and to get minutes under our belts. We knew that Rushall would battle for the duration of the game so it was important for us not to get frustrated and keep to our game plan.
"It was good for confidence to score 15 goals but we know that we could have prevented their goal. Now we're looking forward to Blackburn next week in the League Cup."
Wolves manager James Astle was understandably happy with the result and performance: "It was nice to actually get a game on today. For weeks players and staff alike have been frustrated and itching to get a game.
"We knew on paper it would be deemed an easier fixture than the in the league, but in fairness to Rushall, they were certainly up for the occasion and they had great support. It was pleasing to see players vent their frustration in the right manner," he added.
"Overall I’m delighted to be going into the semi-final, albeit the league remains our number one priority. Credit due to Sam (Berry) and Jade (Hewitt) who made their debuts today, and both were on the scoresheet. Well done all."
Team: N. Hall, Rimmer, Perks (Salter), Williams, Walker, Timmins-Ray (Berry), Quick, Wilson (Hewitt), Palmer, B. Hall, Selmes