WCWFC 1-1 Lye Town
Worcester City Women had to settle for a point in their first match of the season at Sixways Stadium as they drew with Lye Town 1-1 on Sunday.
A debut goal from Emma Congrave gave City the lead just after the restart as she slotted the ball into the bottom corner. The visitors then found the net late in the game as a shot was powered through a crowd of players from a corner.
On a bright and sunny afternoon for the West Midlands Regional Premier Division season curtain raiser, the stage was set to welcome the visitors, Lye Town, to Sixways Stadium.
In front of 243 supporters at Sixways, chances came few and far between throughout the opening 45 minutes in what was a tight affair between the two sides. The home side did see an opening on goal within the first 15 minutes as Olivia Mitcham fired wide of the left post after being put under pressure from The Flyer’s goalkeeper.
Lye got down the left flank before cutting a pass back where a shot was glanced wide of the far post in the opposition’s first real chance of the match.
Later, the visitors tested Alisha Hine just after the half-hour mark with a powerful effort from 18-yards out that City’s number one caught safely.
After the restart, The Flyers looked for the chance to take an early lead as they forced Hine into two smart stops from close range – which the City goalkeeper dealt with emphatically as they were battered away from goal.
But it was City who took the lead on 54 minutes, after Rogers slotted Emma Congrave through on goal, who calmly finished past the oncoming Keeper.
Worcester won a free-kick mid-way through the second period after new signing, Annie Highway, was involved in a collision. Holly Rogers tried her luck deep in the Lye half as she shot well over the framework in an ambitious effort.
The visitors worked another chance down the right wing as a near post effort in injury time was easily handled by Hine to see the game out as a draw.
Worcester City Women will now travel on the road next week as they face Coundon Court in a 2pm kick-off. City are next at home at Sixways on Sunday 17th September against Lichfield City, 2pm kick off.
Match report written by Todd Sasin.
Hear what Matt Tally and captain Jess Fassnidge had to say after the game: