Wolves won their sixth match on the bounce in emphatic style as they hit Bedworth United Ladies for nine at the CKW Stadium.
Wolves Women 9 (Morphet 10 & 26, Haynes 23 & 33, Anslow 31 & 75, Jennings 41, George 65, Price 72)
Bedworth United FC Ladies 1 (Dhillon 21)
Report by George Coombes, photograph by Mark Birchill.
Braces from Anna Morphet, Billie Haynes and Jen Anslow and solo efforts from Tammi George, Anna Price and Jess Jennings provided the hosts with a convincing victory.
It was the perfect start from Wolves, taking the lead inside the opening 10 minutes in style. George sent Jennings racing with an excellent through ball, before Jennings produced a well-executed pull back into the path of Anna Morphet who fired home confidently past Bell.
Bedworth were soon level, however. In the 22nd minute Kirsty Farnsworth picked out Xena Dhillon who had time and space to slot past Elbro to equalise.
The goal seemed to click Wolves into gear, going on to produce a stunning ten minutes of football which left the visitors bewildered with little answer.
Dan McNamara’s side looked like scoring every time they went forward and, in this spell, they did! Haynes originally put Wolves back in front with an effort from the right which trickled past the goalkeeper, before an adjudged handball inside the penalty area a minute later presented Morphet with the opportunity to get her second of the afternoon; an opportunity she took, firing to the right of goalkeeper Bell.
A stunning drive from the edge of the area by Jen Anslow zipped past Bell shortly after to make it four, before Haynes registered her second, striking fiercely in at the near-post from close range, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance.
The pick of the bunch came four minutes before the half-time whistle. A scintillating team move began at the back, as Haynes turned provider on this occasion, picking out Jess Jennings at the back post to round off a terrific half with number six.
Wolves picked up where they left off in the second period, excellent set-piece deliveries from Morphet found first George, and then minutes later Price to both respectively nod home.
With 15 minutes remaining, Anslow netted her second and Wolves’ ninth, rolling her marker before finishing emphatically past Bell to sign off a convincing display.
MOMENT OF THE MATCH
There were plenty of brilliant highlights from the game, however Wolves’ sixth goal was a terrific example of what the team have been working on under McNamara. A sweeping move from back to front was put away by Jennings at the back post to put the icing on a fantastic first-half display.
Manager, Dan McNamara was delighted with his side’s display. He said: “I thought we were outstanding today. That was probably one of the outstanding performances of the season.
“We had a point to prove against Bedworth who caused us problems earlier in the season, but I thought we were superb from the off and caused them all sorts of problems.
“We want to finish strongly; we’ve had a lot of success this year but we haven’t been able to achieve what we wanted ultimately. We’ve got two tough fixtures to come and we’re looking to end well before we prepare for next season.”
Next up for Wolves Women is a trip to Mulsanne Park next Sunday as they prepare to face Nettleham FC Ladies. A home fixture against West Bromwich Albion Women rounds off the season at Castlecroft on 5th May.
- 28/04 | Nettleham (A)
- 05/05 | West Bromwich Albion Women (H)
Wolves | Elbro, Widdal (Mumford), Price, E Cross, Morphet, Jones, Haynes, Williams, George (Johnson), Anslow, Jennings (J Cross).
Unused subs | Walker, Barnett.
Bedworth | Bell, Hackney, Belcher, Makinde, Buividaviciute, Wilson, Whalley, Gilkes, McGuckin, Farnsworth, Dhillon.
Subs | Miller, Deacon, Allibone.