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Women Lose Out To Stoke


18:54 20th October 2013

First half deficit proves too much

Wolves Women     1     (Williams, 90)


Stoke City Ladies  4     (Hyde 24, Gallagher 33,43, Keryakopolis 64)


Wolves rued their missed chances and found a 3-0 deficit at the break just too much to come back from on Sunday afternoon at Castlecroft.

Wolves started brightly and could have taken the lead in the 20th minute from a Summer Holmes free kick, only to see Dani Selmes' shot rebound off the crossbar.

Just four minutes later it was Stoke who took the initiative as Chrissie Hyde put the visitors ahead from a corner.

Wolves found themselves under pressure, and despite some good defending, succumbed to a second goal in the 33rd minute as Charlotte Gallagher caught them on the break to double the visitors’ lead.

Now it was all Stoke, and Gallagher got her second just before the break, sending Wolves in 3-0 down at half time.

Wolves came out fighting in the second half and looked a lot better, but it was a hard mountain to climb. Despite their best efforts, Stoke's Hannah Keryakopolis made it 4-0 in the 64th minute.

Wolves kept on battling, with Jamilla Palmer hitting the post with a great strike and sending a free kick just over the bar, but the ball just wasn't running for the home side.

Wolves did manage to get a consolation goal in the 90th minute, as substitute Lauren Williams converted a Jamillah Palmer corner with a finely placed header to make it 4-1.

Manager Trevor Mullings said: "We started with a high tempo and had chances to change the pattern of the game.

"Again we played in patches of good play, then we would lose momentum and chase the game. Going in at half time 3-0 down was always going to be a tall order.

"We showed persistence in the second half and were rewarded with a late goal for our efforts."

Team: N.Hall, McQuilkin (Williams), Rimmer, Quick, Perks, Widdal, Timmins-Ray (Large), Luke, Selmes, Holmes, Palmer   Subs not used: Waltho


*Wolves would like to thank everyone who contributed to the matchday collection for the Pink Ribbon Foundation. Wolves Women warmed up in pink T-shirts, sponsored by NCP, and volunteers collected at the game as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

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