Solihull Sporting 1-6 WCWFC
WCWFC travelled away to Solihull Sporting Ladies this weekend. A win here, and City would go to the top of the table.
The match began frantically, and City struck an early blow in the first minute of the game after a beautifully worked move involving Higgs, Highway, and Griffiths ended with a Solihull defender putting into her own net. However, the lead did not last long, and Solihull levelled the score after a looping ball over the top fell to their attacking midfield, and her half-volley found its way into the bottom corner.
In the 8th minute, City regained the lead after Ritson's ball in from the left flank found Higgs at the top of the box, where she riffled the ball into the top corner. Things did not slow up, and in the 11th minute, Hollie Congrave found herself with room, took a touch out of her feet, and fired the ball past a stranded keeper from 25 yards.
The match eventually settled, with City dominating possession and patiently moving the ball, looking for cracks in the Solihull backline. Ritson used her speed to get in behind on multiple occasions, and Solihull did well not to concede again before the half.
The second half began with City dominating the ball and testing the keeper on multiple occasions. Looking to get forward more, Solihull caused a few issues for City’s backline, keeping the center-back partnership of Dolloway and Congrave on their toes, but they handled the pressure expertly. Griffiths was another stand-out performer who stunted multiple Solihull attacks with expert defensive awareness.
In the 61st minute, Sime kicked off the scoring with a beautifully executed, right-footed volley, which was guided into the bottom left corner. Not long after, Solihull had an excellent chance to get back into the game after another ball in over the top. This time, Stolt stood strong between the posts and managed to tip the attacker's powerful half-volley around the post.
City soon found themselves on the attack again, and in the 71st minute, the ball found its way to Rogers on the left-hand side. After beating her defender, Rogers wrapped her right foot around the ball and tucked it in the top right corner, ensuring there was no way back into the game for the home side.
Second-half substitute Mitcham was eager to get on the score sheet, and in the 85th minute, she got her wish. After the keeper spilled a cross, Mitcham was in the right place at the right time to simply tap the ball into the back of the net. This is Mitcham's 11th league goal of the season, solidifying her spot at the top of the scoring chart.
Next weekend, City are at home where they face MK Dons in the Second Round Proper of the FA Cup. The support at Sixways Stadium is expected to be a crucial factor as the squad aims to continue their impressive run in the competition.
Season tickets are not valid for this match, purchase your tickets in advance here.
Hear what Coach Jenna Lepore and Midfielder Annie Sime had to say after the game:
WCWFC U18s 1-4 Warwick Juniors U17s
City's U18s fall to a 1-4 defeat at home to Warwick Juniors U17s.
City started slow in the first 10 minutes of the game which saw them concede two early goals to a strong Warwick side.
Warwick hit another two past City before half-time despite Worcester becoming more competitive and creating some half-chances.
Early into the second half, Charlotte Roberts drove down the wide channel to cross the ball for a Warwick defender to put it into their own net.
City played the rest of the half in better style than the first, continuing to put pressure on the opposition goalkeeper with some decent chances that unfortunately couldn’t be put away.
Shoutout to City's POTM from this game, Rebecca Wood, who made some great saves throughout to keep the scoreline alive for a potential comeback.
The U18s are at home again this Saturday as they host Tamworth Academy U18s.