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A League Cup Weekend




Coventry Sphinx 3 – 1 WCWFC

 

This Sunday’s League Cup match against Coventry Sphinx saw us exit the League Cup in the semi-finals. Sphinx currently sit eighth in the league with 18 points but have recently shaken things up with wins against Shrewsbury and Lichfield City and a draw with Lye before the break. A tough match against an on-form, competitive side after recent results made for a gritty end to our League Cup campaign.

 

The first half took some time to settle into with both teams attempting to break through towards goal. In the tenth minute, however, Sphinx was the team to open the game up with an impressive strike from a distance.

 

Laura Davies and Annie Sime battled with their markers in midfield for possession and City held on tight as they searched for the equaliser. Tilly Pearson, who made her first start for the First Team this Sunday, raced down the right wing, after a through-ball from Sime. The number 28 crossed the ball towards Jess Fassnidge who beat her defender to drive the leveller home in the 34th minute.

 

After the captain’s goal, play quickened up across the pitch, but City couldn’t quite make it count in front of goal before the whistle. On the other end of the pitch, City’s backline did well to stay on top of any advances from Sphinx that made it stay equal at the break.

 

As the second half went underway, both Kerstin Ballard and Olivia Mitcham entered the pitch, replacing Laura Davies and Ruby Mayo. Coventry looked to start on the front foot but an early effort on goal met the comfortable hands of Sofia Stolt.

 

Pearson looked a threat once again down the wing and earned City a throw-in that reached the head of Mitcham, but Sphinx’s goalkeeper was alert to the threat and denied City the lead.

 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t long before Sphinx regained their advance and in the 60th minute another good shot from the home side nestled into the back of the net. Only a couple of minutes later, midfielder Annie Sime found herself in space in front of goal but couldn’t creep the ball in between the sticks, dragging the effort wide of the post.

 

As things heated up, Coventry was sharp and ready to pounce. Their performance paid off as they scored the final goal of the game in the 66th minute.

 

The game stayed steady after that with both teams tightening up defensively. Stolt pulled off a handful of impressive saves before the end of the half to deny Coventry another. In the 83rd minute, Stolt forced away another long-range strike from Sphinx to nullify their determination in the final third.

 

Although the result ends in defeat we thank you as always for your continued support. We now look ahead to next week’s exciting County Cup Final against our own Development Team at Claines Lane. We’d love to see you there, more details to be announced.




 

Walsall Wood  vs WCWFC Development Team 2 - 2 (4-1)


After advancing in the league cup two weeks earlier, City aimed to extend their cup run against Walsall Wood in the quarterfinals.


The game began evenly, with neither team able to assert dominance early on. Despite the challenging pitch conditions, City gradually settled into their passing game. However, Walsall threatened with direct balls over the top, forcing Carter into two impressive saves within five minutes.


City's breakthrough came after 25 minutes when tactical adjustments allowed Hill, Lauren Smith, and Charlotte Smith to advance up the pitch. A well-worked move saw Iasparro play Charlotte Smith through, who calmly chipped the ball over the onrushing keeper to make it 1-0.


Buoyed by the goal, City continued to dominate, creating several quick chances. Lauren Smith doubled the lead, latching onto a precise pass from Iasparro and Hill to slot the ball past the keeper, making it 2-0.


Despite Walsall's attempts to exploit City with long balls, they couldn't convert, and the first half ended 2-0 in favor of the development side.


In the second half, Walsall adjusted their strategy, pressing higher up the pitch to disrupt City's build-up play. City initially struggled but managed to maintain possession and exploit gaps in the opposition's defense.


City's backline consistently found Isaparro, Elcox-Bond, and Jakeways, who supplied Hill and Smith with scoring opportunities, although the keeper thwarted several attempts.


Around the 60th minute, City suffered a setback as Jakeways was forced off, reducing them to eleven players.


Despite resilient defending, Walsall pulled one back with a stunning long-range strike, narrowing the score to 2-1.


City responded by increasing their tempo. Lauren Smith's run down the flank set up Collins, whose fierce shot was brilliantly saved by the Walsall keeper.


As the game approached its conclusion, City defended resolutely. However, a defensive lapse allowed Walsall to equalise with a late strike, tying the game at 2-2 with less than four minutes remaining.


With no further goals in regular time, the match went to penalties. Despite an initial save from City's keeper, Walsall's goalkeeper made two crucial saves to win the shootout 4-1, advancing her team to the next round.


 

Worcester City Women U18s vs Coundon Court - Double Header, April 20th


Worcester City Women's Under-18s demonstrated their excellence on the field with back-to-back victories against Coundon Court in a thrilling double-header on Saturday, April 20th.


Game 1: Worcester City Women U18s 3 - 0 Coundon Court


The first game ignited with intensity as both teams engaged in captivating battles across the midfield. Mia, Eva, and Connie orchestrated this with finesse, with opportunities at both ends of the pitch. However, it was Worcester City who broke the deadlock with a swift counter-attack brilliantly finished by Bella. The team doubled their lead before half-time, once again courtesy of Bella's clinical strike.


As the game progressed, Worcester City continued to dominate, culminating in a third goal from Rosann, who capitalized on a precise corner delivery from Mia. The victory was further fortified by the outstanding performance of Becca, later awarded Player of the Match(es), whose exceptional saves ensured Coundon Court remained scoreless throughout the morning.



Game 2: Worcester City Women U18s 3 - 0 Coundon Court


The second encounter commenced with a heightened sense of competitiveness, as both sides fiercely contested possession across the pitch. Ellie emerged as the catalyst for Worcester City, breaking the deadlock just before half-time with a composed finish past the keeper in a one-on-one situation.


As the game progressed, Ellie showcased her prowess once again, doubling Worcester City's lead with another clinical strike into the near post. The defensive resilience of Worcester's back four, comprised of Charlotte, Jenna, Chloe, and Freya, thwarted Coundon Court's attempts to stage a comeback. Amy capped off the victory with a remarkable goal from a tight angle just outside the 18-yard box, securing the second consecutive 3-0 triumph for Worcester City Women U18s.


Overall, it was a memorable day for Worcester City Women's Under-18s with 6 points added to the league tally and some exceptional individual performances.

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