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Ladies Hit Back

PUBLISHED

10:25 21st April 2014

Away victory edges team towards safety.

Blackburn Rovers Ladies 2 (Forster 11, Hardy 45)

Wolves Women 4 (Luke 50, McQuilkin 66, Selmes 69, Hopkins 76)

Wolves Women came from two goals down to win a weather dictated game away at Blackburn Rovers.

The wind was firmly against Wolves in the first half, seeing them struggle to settle into a rhythm and create chances against a Blackburn side that started strongly, knowing a win was vital for their survival chances.

A spell of early pressure saw Blackburn earn a penalty, with Nic Forster making no mistake to fire past Natalie Hall as the home side capitalised on their early dominance.

Wolves were unable to find a quick response and things took a turn for the worse after half an hour, when Becky Hall was forced off with a knee injury.

Blackburn were able to double their lead, on the stroke of half time, as Steffi Hardy was given the space to head in at the near post as Wolves failed to mark up at a corner.

The second half saw Wolves improve and take the game to Blackburn. With the wind now behind them, the visitors were able to quickly grab a goal back, as Dom Luke rifled in an effort from the edge of the box.

You sensed a change in momentum, and Wolves pushed on to level the game just after the hour mark, as Laura McQuilkin’s deep cross flew into the top corner of the net.

Dani Selmes quickly added a third goal to put Wolves in front with a looping effort beyond the Rovers keeper and suddenly  there was only one team looking likely to go on and win.

With less than fifteen minutes to go, Leila Hopkins scored her first goal for Wolves with a shot from the edge of the box to seal a vital win which lifted the club out of the relegation zone.

Wolves were deserved winners, defending better when they were against the wind, and creating more chances when they had the wind behind them. Back-to-back wins see them rise to eighth in the table, and a win in their next game at home to Newcastle will see them safe.

Manager Trevor Mullins knew the importance of the result: “This was definitely a game of two halves! We battled well against a determined Blackburn side and the conditions, but unfortunately conceded two goals in the first half. In the second, we came out and showed great endeavour, pressing well at a high tempo, and I feel we deserved the win”.

Team: N. Hall, Large, Widdal, Palin, Rimmer, Luke, Hopkins, McQuilkin, Timmins-Ray (Price), B. Hall (Williams), Selmes

Unused Subs: Tranter, Pervaz

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