by Peter Westwood
Wolves Women 0
Liverpool Marshalls Feds 2 (Lee 43, Thompson 62)
After two defeats in the league Wolves were looking to bounce back as they turned their attention to the FA Women’s Premier League Cup. However Liverpool Feds, riding high after consecutive league wins, had other ideas and ran out 2-0 winners thanks to a goal in each half.
It was the visitors who took control early on, and could have scored but for a goal line clearance. They grew in confidence, creating chance after chance, but were kept at bay by Wolves’ defence.
Wolves’ first real chance came in the 30th minute after a through ball from Emma Cross found Leanne Robinson, but her shot was collected by the keeper.
Then it was Jade Cross’s turn to attack, but her header went wide of the goal.
With Feds still having most of the chances, they finally made the breakthrough in the 43rd minute as Carla Lee turned in the box and hit a curling shot over Sophie Glenny in the Wolves goal to give them the lead at the break.
Wolves started brightly in the second half, with shots from Robinson and Harley Simpson both coming close. In the 59th minute an excellent free kick from Courtney Jones found Kirstie Bavington, whose header was denied by a fantastic save from Feds’ keeper Tomkins.
Wolves pressed on, looking for an equaliser, but this gave Feds a chance to increase their lead. In the 62nd minute Chantelle Thompson collected the ball 20 yards out and unleashed a shot which curled past Glenny and into the top corner to make it 2-0.
Manager Tim Dudding then made some changes, bringing on Claire Hakeman and Billie Haynes, and they were nearly gifted a goal after the keeper fumbled a shot from Jade Cross, but she managed to push it out for a corner.
Wolves never gave up, battling to the end, but they couldn’t find a way through, handing Feds a passage through to the next round.
Manager Tim Dudding said: “Our performance today wasn’t good enough. We lowered our standards and didn’t play the way we wanted to.
“We seemed to give Liverpool more respect and as a result they punished us. Credit to them for their very well struck goals, but from our point of view we see them as errors and there is certainly lots to reflect upon and to improve on in training.”
* Wolves Women are back in league action next Sunday 10th September when they travel to Eccleshill United FC to play Bradford City Women.
Team: Glenny (C), Bate (Hakeman), Anslow, McQuilkin (Moran), Widdal, Jones, E.Cross, Bavington, J.Cross, Robinson, Simpson (Haynes). Unused subs: Clarke, Hewitt.
Picture of Jen Anslow courtesy Mark Birchill