Kidderminster Harriers 1-6 WCWFC (match abandoned in the second half through injury)
The derby day against Kidderminster Harriers set out to be a tough match for Worcester City with Kidderminster sitting fourth in the league and 11 points behind City. As we got underway, City remained attacking-focused, spending a lot of time in the final third.
Straight out of the blocks, Annie Highway sent a shot overhead of the goal, sending it just over the post with a curling effort. However, it was Hollie Congrave who opened the game for Worcester City. A corner from Holly Rogers found Congrave before the 10th minute, leaving her to score a lovely opening goal from within the crowded six-yard box.
A sister act followed with our second Congrave adding her name to the scoresheet. On the stroke of the 10th minute, and after a run of superb pressure from City in the Harriers half, Emma Congrave slid a shot into goal beating both the Harriers goalkeeper and defenders.
As much as City looked fierce in attack, our backline between Hollie Congrave, Annie Sime and Laura Davies remained composed, keeping good control over the ball. Laura Davies worked the space well towards the back, sending the Harriers guessing our next move.
After a slip-up from Kidderminster’s number one, as she ran out of goal in an attempt to stop the rush of City through Alex Motherwell, she was unable to keep hold of the ball. City’s Olivia Mitcham claimed her prize and, with all eyes on the net, sent it through to add to our lead of three. Kidderminster tried to cover their ground by catching up to the ball but couldn’t keep it off their line.
Annie Highway continued to drive City’s attack after working hard centrally throughout the game. Willing the attack forward, Highway fed the ball through to Rogers who took her chances to make it City’s fourth. However, this time the opposition’s goalkeeper blocked her shot.
Kidderminster, with built-up frustrations, continued their efforts to try and challenge City, desperate to gain possession. The Harriers made a decent effort down the centre of the goal, but it was an easy save for our goalkeeper, Kirsty Bridgwater to take.
Kidderminster’s goalkeeper quickly learnt to fear Mitcham as the striker weaved around, taking the Harriers defenders by surprise, scoring City’s fourth. The goals kept coming as Worcester City captain, Jess Fassnidge, hit the target bang-on after the ball fell to her feet. Fassnidge sent it high into the back corner, a shot the goalkeeper could not keep out.
As the second half commenced it was clear that Kidderminster wanted to sting back right from the off. They managed to scramble one back for their side, but this didn’t faze City as our attack pressed on once again.
Shortly, Mitcham’s attacking efforts were further rewarded with a hattrick. Our striker continued to plague Kidderminster as she chipped the ball over the head of their number one, sending City’s sixth into the back of the net.
Unfortunately, this was the last action of the game due to the match being abandoned following an injury to one of Kidderminster Harriers players. We wish the player well and will follow up with updates shortly.
City now turn their attention to the County Cup when they host Redditch Borough at Sixways in a 2pm kick-off. Get your tickets now!
WCWFC Development 0-1 Droitwich Spa
Droitwich came out the stronger of the two sides, pushing City to play deep in their half and got their reward after regaining possession, playing their striker through towards goal, and slotting the ball beyond the reach of the City goalkeeper.
After the opener, Smith was fouled by a Droitwich defender who held her arms around her. Smith stepped up to take the resulting penalty but put it just above the crossbar.
City started to look comfortable in possession, switching the ball across the back line and utilising the wingers. An opportunity arose for the Worcester when Pygott released a perfectly placed pass to Watson, who chipped the Droitwich keeper and dropped the ball just wide of the post.
City continued to dominate possession and create lots of chances. Smith had an opportunity after Finley slotted the ball through the Droitwich defence, but Droitwich did well to recover and clear the ball to safety.
Droitwich had another chance just before halftime after they played the ball over City’s defence, but Carter did well to challenge and take the ball out of the striker's path.
The second half began fairly similar to how the first finished, with Worcester on top. Watson won another free kick just outside the 18-yard box. Finley drew a great save from the Droitwich keeper after slotting the ball down low to her right.
The resulting corner was cleared by Droitwich and sent up the other end. The attacker found herself in lots of space but only managed to put a shot away too high of the goal.
Droitwich created a few more chances for themselves towards the end of the 90. Carter made some crucial saves to keep the score at 0-1 before Droitwich had one final chance with Othick clearing the ball off the goal line.
A much more positive second half for City wasn’t enough for them to take home any points. The Devs will now look ahead towards this Sunday's clash with Kidderminster Harriers in the County Cup away from home in a 2pm kick off.
Cradley Town Lionesses 1-4 WCWFC Under 18s
This week our U18s travelled to Kinver High School for a league tie against Cradley Town Lionesses.
City started brightly with several promising chances within the first 10 minutes. After these early scares, Cradley Lionesses became more orgainsed, there then followed an open game with opportunities developing for both teams at either end of the pitch.
City’s breakthrough came in the 29-minute, a parry from the keeper, saw the ball fall to Ellie who crossed a lofted ball inside the 6-yard box this was met by a vaulting Roseann who headed the ball powerfully back across the goal mouth into the far corner of the net making the scoreline 0-1.
The lead gave City a renewed confidence and the Faithfuls started to dominate the midfield. In the 43rd minute, a through ball resulted in a half chance for Chloe, who astutely noted that her path to goal was blocked and intelligently moved to the right of the box before doubling back to cross the ball along the edge of the Lionesses box. Kiera pounced on this opportunity and riffled the ball into the middle of the opposition’s net making the score 0-2.
The second half started as the first half had ended, with City dominating the midfield and creating a series of chances. In the 54th minute, an incisive through ball pass from Meg enabled Bella to drive down the right wing before passing the ball under the opposition keeper to make the score line 0-3 to City.
City were now in the ascendency and were attacking more or less at will. A corner was awarded to the blue and whites in the 70th minute, Keira struck the corner kick beautifully, and the ball sailed across the goalmouth evading the opposition defence, before the ever-vigilant Jazz dispatched it into Lionesses net at the far post making the score line 0-4 to the visitors.
The final action of the game came two minutes later in the 72nd minute. An uncharacteristic lapse in concentration by City’s defence saw the visitors concede an own goal leaving the scoreline 1-4.
The Players voted Roseann as player of the match for her attacking intent and the textbook header was the foundation for City’s success.