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Women Draw At Leeds


08:55 17th March 2014

by Matt Sacco

Spoils shared in hard-fought game

Leeds United Ladies 1 (Whitham 9)

Wolves Women 1 (Selmes 4)

Wolves Women missed out on the chance to leapfrog Leeds United and move out of the relegation zone as they were held to a draw in blustery conditions up North.

The game started at a frantic pace as Leeds fired their first chance wide after 30 seconds after beating the offside trap.

Wolves opened the scoring on four minutes when Anna Perks brought down a Rebecca Large cross, before playing in Dani Selmes, pictured,  who fired past the keeper and into the corner of the net.

Leeds hit straight back when Danielle Whitham found space down the left, before cutting inside on the edge of the box and curling an effort past Natalie Hall to level the game.

Despite the lively start, both teams struggled to create further chances on an uneven surface and went in at half time on level terms.

The second half saw Natalie Hall produce a great sprawling save for Wolves, to keep out the home side. Selmes then had two efforts at goal as Wolves pressed for a winning goal but she was unable to beat the keeper.

Both sides looked to find a second goal but defences held firm as the pressure built in a well-contested second half.

In a game limited by the conditions, both sides were able to take away a valuable point, but Wolves will feel they could have won the game towards the end.

Manager Trevor Mullings was pleased with the effort from his team. He said: “We picked up a well deserved point today after scoring a well worked goal, but we lost the momentum until the second half, where we reorganised, pressed quicker and created chances.

“Overall I’m pleased with the performance.”

Team: N. Hall, Large, Palin, Widdal, Rimmer, Luke, Perks, McQuilkin (Timmins-Ray), Quick, B. Hall (Hewitt), Selmes.  Unused Sub: Williams.

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