WCWFC 5-1 Lichfield City
Worcester City Women picked up all three points at home against Lichfield City with the on-form attacking trio of Mitcham, Rogers, and E.Congrave picking up the goals to win 5-1.
The first 20 minutes of the game saw Worcester have a couple of attempts at the Lichfield goal, the first chance of the game came from a brilliant defence-splitting pass from Motherwell which put Mitcham behind the Lichfield backline, Mitcham's effort sailed wide though from the edge of the area. E.Congrave and Baldwin were linking up well down the righthand side in the early stages and their combination created a chance for Rogers whose strike was comfortably held by the keeper. Shortly after from a Rogers corner, the ball eventually fell to H.Congrave, whose effort on the volley went the wrong side of the crossbar.
After those early chances, City eventually broke the deadlock after Mitcham strived towards the Lichfield goal and calmly slotted the ball past the onrushing keeper.
Two minutes later, City had a second. A rocket shot from Rogers at the edge of the area fired into the top corner leaving the keeper with no chance.
After the opening goals, Worcester showed no signs of slowing down. The goalscorers Mitcham and Rogers combined together in the Lichfield box but Mitcham's effort travelled just over the crossbar.
Just before the half-time whistle, E.Congrave rounded off a brilliant team move to get her first goal of the game and give City a 3-0 lead. Mitcham cleverly backheeled the ball towards E.Congrave, which laid it on a plate for her.
Worcester came out brightly in the second half, clearly on the hunt for more goals and it only took them five minutes to do so. Mitcham got her brace after a brilliant backward flicked header at the near post from Rogers' corner.
After the fourth, the game settled for a while, with Manager Matt Tally using it as an opportunity to make some changes which saw Griffiths, Ritson, and Hill all come onto the pitch.
Stolt, who had a very quiet first-team debut in goal, was on hand to produce a couple of saves from Lichfield counterattacks, one of which was a brilliantly fingertipped over the bar from a long-range effort.
Entering into the final few minutes, E.Congrave got her second and City's fifth of the day after Farr's pinpoint pass put her in behind the Lichfield defence, taking it in her stride and powering an effort above the keeper's grasp.
Just before the 90-minute mark, Lichfield grabbed a consolation goal which saw quite an unbelievable long-range curling effort from distance sail into the top corner beyond Stolt who could have done nothing to save it.
E.Congrave in the final moments of the game was on the hunt for a hattrick but a couple of half chances were comfortably saved by the keeper.
Next time out, City travel to the newly promoted Coventry Sphinx in the league with the next home game at Sixways not being until Sunday 22nd October in a clash against Knowle.
Thank you to everyone for your incredible support once again!
Hear what Manager Matt Tally and Striker Liv Mitcham had to say after the game:
WCWFC U18s 1-4 Walsall Women U18s
City's Under 18 team kicked off their first home game of the season against a competitive Walsall side who came away with the points.
The first half saw plenty of chances for Worcester with Roseann Day and Ellie Roberts falling unlucky to not put the ball in the back of the net.
City's defence were kept busy with some brilliant challenges coming from Charlotte Roberts and Freya Hooper followed by some fantastic saves made by Rebecca Wood to keep City in the game within the first half an hour
30 minutes into the first half, Walsall was awarded a corner which led to the opener after the ball was powerfully headed home.
City continued to battle leading up to the break with some outstanding link-ups involving the midfield and wide players, however, a confident Walsall side had a second after slotting the ball with composure into Worcester's net.
Minutes before half-time, an incredible piece of skill from a Walsall player beat two defenders and her powerful shot flew past Rebecca Wood at the far post.
Worcester kicked off the second half looking sharp and eager to get back into the game. An incredibly well-matched half saw chances from Ellie Roberts that were unlucky not to go in Walsall's net.
As Worcester pushed forward, Walsall caught them on the break and gained a 4-0 lead in the 60th minute of the game.
City did eventually get on the scoresheet after an outstanding run from Roseann Day saw her shot rebound off the keeper only to be calmly tapped into the back of Walsall's net to finish the game with a 4-1 result.
City's U18s will continue their league campaign at home next Saturday to Cotton Green.