by Peter Westwood
Guiseley Vixens 2 (Berko 69, 77)
Wolves Women 2 (Robinson 3, McQuilkin 80)
Wolves Women secured their first point of the season in an exciting game which saw them lead for over an hour before conceding two goals in eight minutes, and then fight back for the equaliser.
With both teams without a win this season this game was anticipated to be a tense one for both sides, and it certainly lived up to expectations.
Wolves had a great start and got an early goal in just the third minute after a deflection from the keeper found Leanne Robinson, whose shot trickled over the line.
Guiseley’s first real chance came in the 10th minute but the shot was saved well by Glenny in the Wolves goal.
Guiseley continued to press, coming close from a corner and hitting the crossbar from outside the box, but Wolves held their own and went in at the end of the first half with their lead intact.
Wolves had the first chance of the second half in the 48th minute as a free kick on the edge of the box was floated in by Billie Haynes but was caught by the keeper.
Guiseley stepped up the pace searching for the equaliser, coming close from a couple of chances before finally making the breakthrough in the 69th minute. A free kick was floated in and led to a scramble in the box which found Berko who poked the ball into the net to make it 1-1.
Just eight minutes later Guiseley were ahead after a breakaway saw Berko run into the box, rounding the defenders and slotting home past Glenny to get her second of the game.
Still undeterred, Wolves responded straight away and drew level in the 80th minute from a free kick from just outside the area by McQuilkin, who bent the ball over the wall and into the net to equalise.
With ten minutes left both teams now pressed for the winner, and Jade Cross saw two attempts thwarted, one by the keeper, and one by the crossbar, as the game finished in a 2-2 draw.
Manager Tim Dudding said: “It was a game of mixed emotions today.
“There were times when I thought we dominated and there were times when we sat back but held our shape well.
“Ultimately at the end I thought we were unlucky not to come away with three points but it’s great to have a point on the board and to see the resilience we showed to get back into the game.
“We’ve got to take those positives and look to build from them.”
* Wolves Women are on their travels again next Sunday 1st October as they make the short journey up the M6 to play Stoke City Ladies at Norton FC with a 2pm kick off.
Team: Glenny, Meeson (Moran), E.Cross, Jones, Butler (C), Simpson (Whetton), Bavington, J.Cross, Robinson, McQuilkin, Haynes. Subs: Foster, Price, Bragan.
PICTURE: ALEX MEESON