Newcastle United Ladies 2 (Henderson 24, Gardner 33)
Wolves Women 5 (Selmes 17, 42, 45, 60; Palmer 65)
Wolves Women bounced back from last week’s disappointing defeat to record a stunning win away at Newcastle, Dani Selmes on target with four of the goals.
Despite a five-hour coach journey, Wolves started sharply, with Jamilla Palmer and Jordan Timmins-Ray both going close inside three minutes. Palmer then crossed for Lauren Williams at the back-post, but she couldn’t direct her volley under pressure from the Newcastle goalkeeper.
Selmes hit the crossbar after meeting Palmer’s corner with her head as Wolves continued to dominate their hosts.
On 17 minutes Wolves finally got the goal they deserved when Selmes, pictured, was first to react to Palmer’s parried shot at goal and poke the ball past the stranded goalkeeper.
Wolves were good value for their lead, but were pegged back on 24 minutes when a contentious free-kick was cannoned in off the post by Natalie Henderson. Newcastle then quickly took the lead after Beth Gardner’s driven effort was deflected past Natalie Hall.
Wolves appeared a little shell-shocked, as it looked like this was going to be another game where they had started well, only to fall behind and have nothing to show for their efforts. However Wolves continued to believe in themselves, with Palmer twice going close from the edge of the box.
As half time approached, Timmins-Ray saw her firm shot parried by the Newcastle keeper, and Selmes was once again quickest to react to fire in from close range.
Wolves took the lead on 45 minutes after Palmer’s cross was flicked on by Timmins-Ray, and Selmes completed her hat trick from 15 yards with a placed effort.
The second half began as an edgy affair, as the game was delicately poised, with few chances created by either side.
On the hour mark, Wolves’ quality once again shone through as Selmes fired in from a Palmer cross to make it 4-2. Five minutes later, Selmes turned provider, flicking on a high ball for Palmer to run on to, and she finished clinically, floating the ball over the on-rushing keeper to put Wolves firmly in control.
From here on in, Wolves dominated the home side, and could have scored more, putting in their best performance of the season to grab a much needed and deserved three points.
A delighted Trevor Mullings was full of praise for his side. He said: “All of our good work over the last few weeks finally came to fruition. From the start we played with a high tempo and purpose.
“There were some outstanding performances in all areas of the pitch today, and I’m pleased that we are finally taking some of the chances that we are creating.”
Team: N. Hall, Large, Widdal, Palin, McQuilkin, Luke, Perks, Palmer, Williams (J. Cross), Timmins-Ray (E. Cross), Selmes.