Wolves Women 3 (Quick 17, Selmes Pen 33, Pen 56)
Derby County Ladies 0
Wolves Women produced their best performance of the season to record a superb win over Derby County Ladies.
Wolves made a bright start in the sunshine, with Dominique Luke seeing her rifled effort deflected narrowly wide from a corner inside five minutes. Derby then had a similar effort blazed wide as both sides attacked from the outset.
Wolves broke the deadlock on 17 minutes after some great skill from Becky Hall. The Wolves forward delicately brought down a high ball before sliding in Amber Quick, pictured, who had broken free down the left. Quick raced through and found the back of the net with a first-time effort from 15 yards.
Quick almost turned provider on the half hour mark, but her cross to Dani Selmes was headed wide from 12 yards as Wolves looked full of energy and intent.
Five minutes later Selmes made it 2-0, with Hall again the creator. Hall beat her marker out wide, before playing in Selmes who was fouled in the box. Selmes coolly sent the keeper the wrong way from the penalty spot to double Wolves’ lead.
The second half saw Derby start quickly, as they looked to find a way back into the game. A perfectly timed through ball sent Amy Kane clear, but Natalie Hall raced out to make a superb save one-on-one to keep Wolves’ clean sheet intact.
Wolves swiftly improved, with Quick forcing a fine save from Sarah Morgan as the game continued to entertain.
Becky Hall produced another moment of magic in the 56th minute, showing superb touch as she turned her marker, before playing in Quick down the left who was felled in the box. Selmes stepped up and was unflappable once again from the penalty spot to increase Wolves’ lead.
Derby didn’t give up however, and Wolves were grateful to substitute Anna Perks, who made a fine block on the edge of the box to keep out the Rams.
Natalie Hall was forced into a spectacular diving save with 15 minutes to go, as Derby refused to accept defeat, but Wolves played out the game in relative comfort to lift themselves off the bottom of the table.
This result comes at just the right time for Wolves, and the superb performance of the players offered great encouragement for the challenges ahead.
Manager Trevor Mullings was delighted with his team. He said: “This was a much deserved win, with our continued efforts finally paying off.
“We pressed well from the start and restricted Derby’s time on the ball. We created some good chances and we have reaped the rewards. It was an excellent performance from all of my players.”
Team: N. Hall, Large, Widdal (Perks), Palin, Rimmer, Stanton (Hakeman), Luke, McQuilkin (Timmins-Ray), Quick, B. Hall, Selmes. Unused Sub: Hewitt.