Wolves Women 0
Newcastle United Women 1
After another weather-imposed break of four weeks, Wolves returned to their league campaign at Castlecroft Stadium, keen to get points on the board. Despite some rustiness they passed the ball really well, but will rue their missed chances after losing to an early goal.
Wolves were undone in only the 7th minute when their claims for handball went unheeded by the referee, and Newcastle's Stacy Crooks took advantage to shoot from range and put the visitors ahead.
Wolves fought hard for the equaliser, with Dani Selmes, just back from a hamstring injury, heading wide and Philippa Wilson hitting the crossbar. In the 20th minute Chanelle Hooper missed the best chance of the half, pulling her shot wide of the post when she was clean through on goal.
Wolves were playing some nice football, especially in front of goal, with Becky Hall and Dani Selmes linking up well, but they just couldn't find a way through. At the other end defenders Lauren Walker and Hannah Williams kept Newcastle at bay.
The second half continued to see Wolves pressing, with Selmes again heading over the bar, unable to take advantage of a free- kick from just outside the area.
Manager James Astle rang the changes in the 57th minute, with substitutes Amber Quick and Jordan Timmins-Ray joining the fight. As Wolves pushed on, they let Newcastle in a couple of times on the break, forcing some strong defending from Wolves' back line and an excellent diving save from keeper Natalie Hall.
With just 10 minutes to go Williams' shot on target struck a defender, but again Wolves' claims for handball were dismissed. Despite their best efforts Wolves just could not find the net, and must hope that next week's visit to bottom club Leicester City sees them back to winning ways.
Manager James Astle said: "Not one person involved can hide the frustration and disappointment today. I wish everyone could have seen it, a game we should not have lost at all.
"I was pleased with our possession and chances created, but displeased with decisions that went against us.
“Whilst it did show in certain areas we hadn't played in a month, there's no denying we should have had some form of result. Unfortunately all that will be seen is the result and not the performance.
"We hope now that we have no more interruptions and go on to get the results we deserve. All credit to the performance despite not taking our chances."
Team: N.Hall, Moore, Walker, Williams, Salter, Wilson, Hooper (Timmins-Ray), Morris (Quick) Selmes, B.Hall, Palmer (Perks)