Wolves Women 0
Blackburn Rovers Ladies 2 (Savage 53, Forster 62)
Wolves Women were sent crashing out of the League Cup in freezing conditions by a bright Blackburn side.
The first half was very even as both sides struggled to get the ball to stick up front, and few chances were created. The majority of the play was in the middle of the pitch and both sets of wide players found themselves isolated at times.
The second half was a much more lively affair, with Wolves substitute Jamillah Palmer wasting a good opportunity when through on goal minutes after the restart.
Wolves were made to pay for their missed chance as Rovers striker Keeleigh Savage opened the scoring soon after, as Wolves struggled to clear their lines.
Wolves' keeper Natalie Hall was forced into a spectacular save on the hour mark as Rovers threatened to put the game out of Wolves’ reach.
Two minutes later, Blackburn did just that, as Nichol Forster was left to tap in from close range after Wolves were caught on the break.
To Wolves’ credit, they continued to try and play a passing game, and were able to fashion two good chances in the later stages of the game. The first saw Jordan Timmins-Ray head narrowly over after great play by Becky Hall, and the second saw Hall fire a shot in from range but the shot was parried by the Blackburn keeper. In the end Blackburn’s ability to create and finish chances was the difference, as Wolves exited the cup.
Following the game, Wolves midfielder Audrey Moore gave her thoughts from the touchline: “We got off to a strong start with a confident first 45 minutes, not a great deal of chances but there was some positive play from the girls and they managed to keep hold of the ball and knock it around well. Rovers came on in the second half with a little more hunger and passion however there were several great chances from both ends as our keeper pulled off some great saves. Rovers finished their chances today and we need to do more of that. However with important league games coming up we have plenty to take back to the training field and work on for those upcoming fixtures”.
Manager James Astle reflected on the game with mixed emotions: “I made some changes today, looking at different options, and I have to say I was quite pleased with what I saw in the first half. Yet again, poor defensive decisions and a lack of concentration cost us. I know the players have the league in their mind, which starts again next week, but we should have made more of the second half. Blackburn are a very, very good technical side and some of our players will learn from today”.
Team: N. Hall, Rimmer, Salter, Williams, Walker, Wilson, Quick, Morris (Timmins-Ray), Hooper (Palmer), B. Hall, Hewitt
Unused Sub: Perks, Cook