Bradford City Ladies 4
Wolves Women 0
Wolves Women were unable to rise to the occasion of playing their final game of the season in the impressive surroundings of Valley Parade, and fell to a resounding 4-0 defeat against hosts Bradford City Ladies.
Having beaten the drop last week in an enthralling encounter against Newcastle United, this game was dominated by the home side, who were battling to secure second place in the league.
Wolves started well with Dani Selmes shooting just over from a Lauren Williams cross, but Bradford came back strongly and created chances with quality crosses being whipped in by their wingers.
Within the space of the next 10 minutes Wolves were under attack as goalkeeper Natalie Hall twice had to race out to clear the danger, but eventually Bradford broke through with an attacking run from their midfield player, who unleashed a terrific 20 yard shot which smashed the net and left Hall with no chance.
A short while later came some sloppy defending from Wolves, who weren’t able to clear the danger and Bradford made it 2-0.
Wolves did not let their heads drop, and the remainder of the half was pretty even with both sides having chances, including Jade Hewitt, who could only strike over the bar as half time approached.
The second half continued in the same vein, but in the 65th minute Bradford made it 3-0 with a great finish following a simple run to the edge of the Wolves’ 18 yard box.
Bradford ended any Wolves’ hopes with another run from midfield to beat keeper Hall and make it four with 20 minutes to go.
Manager Trevor Mullings said: “It was a typical end of season game for us.
“There was no urgency from the players and we found it difficult to retain the ball.
“Bradford played with more conviction and purpose and deserved the win.
“We need to regroup and build on the positives from the season in readiness for next term.”
Team: N. Hall, Large, Widdal, Palin, Rimmer, Perks, Williams, Luke, Hewitt, Quick, Selmes.
In contrast to the seniors, the weekend saw plenty of silverware for Wolves’ junior sides, with the Under 11s, Under 13s and Under 18s all winning their respective League Cup finals, having already clinched their league titles.
The Under 11s ran out 3-1 winners against Coventry City, with Katie Johnson winning the Player of the Match award.
The Under 13s also faced a Coventry side, who forced the game into extra time after making it 2-2 in the second half. Wolves fought hard though, and a goal from Molly Thompson in the second period of extra time gave them the win.
The Under 15s have to wait until next weekend before they can play their final against league winners Derby County, but the Under 18s wrapped up an impressive season with a 3-2 win against a battling Leafield side, with the game going first one way, then another. Leafield were first on the score sheet, but an Emily North equaliser made it 1-1 at half time. Then Wolves took the lead through Sarah Adamson, before Georgia Seedhouse made it 3-1. Leafield continued to battle, and pulled a goal back towards the end of the game, but Wolves held out for the win.
Wolves Girls and Women now look forward to next season to build on their successes, welcoming young talent from the successful Under 18s team into the senior squad. Details of forthcoming trials will be announced on wolves.co.uk along with Wolves Women Twitter (@wolveswomenfc) and Facebook.
THANKS TO CLIVE JONES FOR THE PHOTOS OF THE JUNIOR SIDES