F.A Women’s Premier League Northern Division
Sunday 14th April 2013
Leicester City Women 0
Wolves Women 3 (Palmer 44, Williams 65, Timmins-Ray 84)
Wolves Women - cheered on by the travelling Swede Wolves supporters' club - recorded a comfortable win away at Leicester City Women this weekend to move 9 points clear of relegation.
Wolves struggled to settle early on, losing Channelle Hooper to injury inside eight minutes, before Leicester hit the crossbar. Ten minutes later it took a goal-line clearance from the head of Hannah Williams to deny the home side as Wolves fought to gain a foothold.
Wolves slowly began to settle into their rhythm, with Becky Hall twice firing wide after being put through by Dani Selmes. Jamillah Palmer later struck the post with a fizzing effort after out-pacing two Leicester defenders.
Wolves finally got the breakthrough on the stroke of half time - Dani Selmes flicking the ball into the path of Hall, who squared neatly for Palmer (pictured), and she couldn't miss from two yards out to put Wolves ahead.
The start of the second half unfortunately added to Wolves' injury woes, as Becky Hall was forced off after a heavy tackle to her ankle.
The second half saw the action settle into a pattern, as Wolves controlled the game, rarely allowing the home side out of their half. It was only a matter of time before Wolves doubled their lead, and they did just that shortly after the hour.
A fifty yard free-kick from Hannah Williams was allowed to bounce in the Leicester box, and it carried on past the stricken keeper and into the net.
Wolves continued to control the game, and added a third goal as full time approached. Jade Hewitt did well to hold up play in the Leicester box, before playing in Jordan Timmins-Ray, whose shot squirmed under the body of the goalkeeper and into the corner of the net. It was a good end to the game, as Wolves entertained their Swedish fans on the sidelines.
After the game, striker Jade Hewitt gave her thoughts: "I thought the first twenty minutes we were a bit shaky, but then we settled well and started to pass better, and we suddenly clicked.
"In the second half, we went back out knowing we had to do a job and walk away with all three points. All the girls did extremely well, also I thought the build up to our goals was very good, and all the girls worked hard as a team," she added.
Manager James Astle was pleased to see his side put the disappointment of last week's defeat against Newcastle behind them.
He said: "We really needed to put away the disappointment of that loss. It wasn't a good opening 30 minutes from us - we looked shapeless and awkward we and didn't compete.
"But when we finally pulled ourselves together we got our goal. The second half was more typical Wolves, we found ourselves getting stronger and stronger, and we were more organised and disciplined," he continued.
"Unfortunately we may have picked up two more injuries, which is not ideal. Hopefully now though we can carry forward the momentum into the final 5 games and ensure we remain a Premier side.
"Finally, a big, big thanks for the support from Swede Wolves who came to watch us.”
Team: N. Hall, Moore, Salter, Williams, Walker, Wilson, Quick, Palmer, Hooper (Timmins-Ray), B. Hall (Hewitt), Selmes
Unused Subs: Rimmer, Morris, Perks
Wolves play at home on Sunday against Nottingham Forest. 12pm Kick off at Castlecroft Stadium.