Women progress in FA Cup

Wolves Women continued their fine start to the season as they progressed into the next round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup after a 6-0 win over Kingfisher FC.

Wolves Women 6 (Haynes 14, Walker 26, 29, Criddle 37, Wilkie 68, Morphet 83)

Kingfisher FC 0

Report by Elliott Jackson, photograph by Simon Faulkner

First-half goals from Billie Haynes, Charlotte Criddle and a brace from Lowri Walker put Wolves in complete control at half-time. They then added to that lead in the second 45, with substitute Charlotte Wilkie and Anna Morphet sealing the rout.

After a confident start to the game, Wolves took the lead with 14 minutes on the clock. Haynes raced through on goal after a lovely through ball by Criddle and fired Wolves ahead.

It didn’t take for Wolves long to extend their advantage. After a short goal-kick, the hosts won the ball high, allowing Walker to fire into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Moments later it was three. Walker doubled her tally, sweeping the ball home to give Wolves a three-goal lead after just 30 minutes.

It was soon four, with Criddle getting in on the act as she headed home Morphet’s corner eight minutes before the interval.

The second half brought more Wolves pressure, but they had to wait until the 68th minute to add to their lead. Substitute Wilkie fired the ball home from close range after it ricocheted in the area, to grab her second goal in as many games.

With six minutes remaining Wolves scored their sixth and final goal as Morphet’s cross found its way into the net after neat play from a short corner.

That proved to be the final action of the match, with Wolves claiming a deserved win to move safely into the next round of the competition.


With Kingfisher defending in numbers, the first goal was always going to prove crucial in getting Wolves on their way. It took a fine piece of skill and vision from Criddle to open up the Kingfisher backline, with Haynes providing the telling finish


Wolves manager Dan McNamara was delighted with his side’s showing. Speaking after the game, he said: “A clean sheet and into the next round of the FA Cup – that was one of the massive positives to take from today.

"As a player, I always loved to play in the FA Cup and as a manager, it’s no different, it’s a special competition.”


Wolves return to league action with back to back home games. They face Nettleham Town at 2pm on Sunday 30th September, and The New Saints at 7.45pm on Wednesday 26th. Both games will be played at Bilston Town FC. Admission is £2; concessions and Wolves season ticket holders £1.


  • 30/9 – Nettleham Town (H)
  • 3/10 – The New Saints (H)
  • 4/11 – Bedworth (A)
  • 18/11 – Long Eaton (H)
  • 16/12 – West Bromwich Albion Women (A)


Wolves | Clarke, Widdal (C), Mumford, Morphet, Jones (Wilkie 64), Dickinson, Barnett (Cross 74), Haynes, Walker (George 61), Criddle, Jennings.

Kingfisher FC | Bott, Pearson, Ankcorn, Smith, Dovey, Edwards, Higgins, Fidelak, (Barnett 67), Lingham, Christopher, Russell.