Kidderminster Harriers 2-5 WCWFC
The scene was set and the weather matched for the season finale against local rivals Kidderminster, which saw a return to the squad for Maisie Farr and a first-team debut for Mia Badland.
The game was action-packed from the start, Marrett saw herself through on goal after a brilliant ball from Boswell, her effort just wide of the goal.
It wasn’t long after the ball was in the back of the goal. Rogers with a beautifully struck free-kick from a central area rattled the inside of the post and rippled the back of the net.
Hine was called into action, she rushed out of the goal and closed down the space making a solid save before jumping back onto her feet to collect the follow-up effort.
Kidderminster did find the equaliser against the run of play, a looping header from a corner.
Both teams saw some wasteful spells of possession as the game slowed in pace after the two early goals. City had much more of the ball but struggled to transition between attack and defence.
Worcester finally found their way through, club top scorer Mitcham with a majestic touch to spin around the defender, completely taking her out of the game, which was matched by the finish. A low, driven strike across the goal sliding into the bottom corner.
City wasn’t ahead for long, it was level again. A mistake at the back let the Kidderminster striker through to slot under the on-rushing Hine.
Just before half-time Mitcham was in again, a tight angle but her effort had the keeper worried.
It was a good start for City in the second period, Dolloway hit a low cross, Rogers was waiting, but the strike was deflected.
City kept pushing which led to Mitcham finding space after touching by two defenders, the keeper was on her toes and made a difficult save to push the effort out for a corner. It was all yellow and blue at this point in the second.
Another great run down the left flank saw Baldwin put in a dangerous cross where Mitcham broke through the area and drilled home from close range, her second of the match.
At the other end substitute Masie Farr returned to the squad after some time away and was instantly in the thick of it clearing off the line.
Some end-to-end stuff, but City was taking advantage and Rogers had her second. Who beat the offside trap and hit home giving no chance for the Kidderminster keeper.
Holly said: “The free kick in the first half, really helped us settle our nerves, the second it was a good ball from Mitcham, I've worked all season on keeping calm in front of the goal, and I think I’ve done that."
Kidderminster was fighting back and forced a great low reaction save from Hine, whose strong hand pushed the effort away from the goal.
Rogers again beat the offside trap, this time though couldn’t find the net, and the shot hit the corner of the crossbar.
Worcester with a two-goal lead kept possession well not giving Harriers any chance to get a foothold in the game.
Captain Fassnidge added: “It's been a long season, and a rollercoaster one some highs and lows, but to come to your local rivals for the fifth time [this season] get a win and dominate, it capped off an interesting season, we have something incredible here with the culture and club."
Marrett who returned to play after an early substitution, did well to cut inside from a wide position but didn’t worry the keeper who caught the effort on goal.
After a solid performance Wednesday evening and another on the final day; Congrave caps off her season with a headed goal right at the death.
Kidderminster pushed late on but it wasn’t enough to get back into the game which sees City win on their final day after a solid and controlling outing.
Assistant manager Matt Tally, who took the reigns said: “It's a really good way to end the season we stuck to the process of earning the right to play. Everything we said in changing room came out today, winning the first ball, second ball, it was a fantastic time to do that… Brilliant.”
The win sees City finish the season in 4th spot ending up on 41 points after 20 games played. A massive thank you to our amazing fans who have followed us home and away this season, you are all a part of La Familia!
Match report written by Keanan Rolph.
Hear what Matt Tally, Jess Fassnidge, and Holly Rogers had to say following the emphatic win:
WCWFC Development 0-7 Knowle
Worcester City Devs also played their final game of the 2022/23 season as they hosted Knowle at Claines Lane.
The first half saw City move the ball calmly and create opportunities in wide positions. Developing patterns on the pitch and showing great creativity on and off the ball.
City had several shots on the Knowle goal but couldn’t convert. A moment of brilliance just before halftime from Knowle saw them take a 1-0 lead into the break. Despite this, it was a strong display from the City keeper Katie Thatcher.
The second half saw Worcester tire but showed great grit and togetherness to keep fighting to the end. Knowle cranked up the gears to score six more past City and come out on top.
After promotion last season to the West Midlands Regional Women's Football League Division One South, City have kept their place in the league for next season ending on 15 points.