Walsall Wood 1-4 WCWFC
Annie Highway and Leah Ritson both bagged braces Worcester City Women reached the third round qualifying of the FA Cup after beating Walsall Wood 1-4.
The game started as it meant to go on for City as Elspeth Hill was twice involved in the action in the opening ten minutes. After Highway put a chance over the bar after being fed by Hill, Mitcham then soon after found the winger as she forced the keeper into a smart stop.
The first of two eye-catching goals from Highway came in the 19th minute when her pinpoint effort was out of reach for the goalkeeper.
Soon after the City opener, there was a pause in play as a result of an unfortunate injury to an opposition player. Towards the end of the opening half, City continued to create chances by getting into the final third but the Walsall defences stood firm. The half ended with City having a narrow lead.
City started with intent for the second period as two goals in three minutes from Ritson put the girls in yellow and blue in cruise control. Half time substitute, Emma Congrave split the Walsall defence for the winger to run onto and she squeezed an effort into the bottom corner in the 48th minute. Three minutes later, Ritson netted a rebound after Fassnidge’s effort was saved by the keeper.
Highway’s second goal came in the 75th minute as she twisted and turned onto her left foot and curled the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area. 5 minutes later, Emma Congrave nearly got her name on the scoresheet but her effort hit the bar. Walsall pulled a goal back in the 89th minute but that didn’t dampen the mood as City saw themselves through to the next round.
In the FA Cup 3rd round qualifying draw earlier today, City were drawn a home tie at Sixways against Anstey Nomads Women.
The club will now look towards next Sunday as they are on the road for a third successive week as they face Burton Albion in a 2pm kick off.
Match report written by Todd Sasin.
Hear what Manager Matt Tally and Midfielder Annie Highway had to say after the game:
WCWFC U18s 2-7 Coventry United U17s
City's Under 18s suffered a heavy defeat at home last Saturday as Coventry United came away with the three points.
City started the game strong with a goal from Ellie Roberts, scoring after a confident run down the left wing.
However, Coventry quickly replied to equalise and not long after made it two to take the lead after fantastic strikes that goalkeeper Rebecca Wood couldn’t quite get to.
Before half-time, City conceded two more, again through outstanding forward play from the visitors.
Substitution Chloe Barnard ensured City didn’t concede more with what was the start of a standout performance.
The second half began and Worcester started to dominate the ball, displaying some great combinations between the midfield unit with Mia Guinan showing class to break the Coventry defence.
City again became unfortunate as Coventry scored another three goals in just over 20 minutes, halfway in the half.
Resilience from the Worcester side saw them grab a consolation goal through a Bella Keates cross and an Ellie Roberts rocket volley from just inside the box.
Worcester's U18s continue to look for their first three points of the campaign on Saturday 14th October, away at Tamworth Academy.
Match report written by Emma Collins.