Wolves Women made it two wins from two in the FA Women's National League after their 7-0 win over Solihull Moors Ladies at a rainy Bilston Town.
Wolves Women 7 (Widdal 30; Morphet 37; Haynes 49, 61; Williams 51; Anslow 66, 76)
Solihull Moors Ladies 0
Report by Holly Percival, photograph by Simon Faulkner.
With braces from Billie Haynes and Jen Anslow, Wolves' goal tally is already up to 18 in just their first two games of the season.
The game started with some controversy after the Moors goalkeeper Samantha Abbott handled the ball outside the area. With no cards shown and Wolves manager Dan McNamara showing a little frustration on the sideline, it was up to Anna Morphet to capitalise on the early opportunity, but her second minute free kick from 20 yards out, smashed against the crossbar.
Despite Wolves continuously testing Moors' defence, it wasn't until the 30th minute that they were able to take the lead. Captain Natalie Widdal’s cross/shot from 30 yards out looped over Abbott's head and into the bottom left corner.
The home team now had the confidence they needed to continue to dominate. It took them just seven minutes to double their lead through Morphet who got a second chance with another free kick in an almost identical spot to the first. This time she was able to place it in the bottom left-hand corner and the Moors’ goalkeeper couldn't do anything to stop it.
Manager McNamara must have given the girls some encouraging words at half time as it took just four minutes for Billie Haynes to pick up a rebounded shot and score Wolves' of the match.
Just two minutes after that, Chloe Williams added her name to the score sheet as she was able to head a corner into the back of the net.
As time went on the visitors became more frustrated and continued to struggle to penetrate Wolves’ defence, while the home side continued to push for more goals.
Haynes bagged her second of the game in the 61st minute, followed by Anslow in the 72nd, with both instances showing how strong and powerful the Wolves Women strikers were, with keeper Abbott unable to stop almost any shot that was on target.
The Birmingham visitors showed some signs of life towards the end of the game but were not able to achieve a consolation goal before the full time whistle was blown.
Manager Dan McNamara said: “Solihull looked very much to sit behind the ball, so we had to be patient. Some teams are going to do that this season because they know our quality so it's just about being patient, keep probing and the quality will show. We've just got to keep building and preparing for each game, we can't underestimate anyone in this league.”
Next Sunday 2nd September sees Wolves Women turn their attention to the League Cup when they entertain Crewe Alexandra at Bilston Town FC with a 2pm kick-off. Admission is £2; concessions and Wolves season ticket holders £1.
WOLVES | Elbro, Widdal, E.Cross, Morphet, Haynes, Wilkie, Barnett (Criddle 66), Anslow, Walker, Williams (Edwards 76), Jennings (J.Cross 56)