WCWFC 3 - 0 Lichfield City
Super-Sub Hill, drives City to the double over Lichfield.
That’s two wins in two weeks for City over Lichfield.
A dull afternoon gave way to a bright start from City. Rogers gave Worcester their first chance, her low effort from wide narrowly missed. Captain, Fassnidge, continued the early pressure, a ball played back to the edge of the box drilled just wide of the goal.
A mixed bag during the middle instalments of the opening half saw neither team control possession, City though chipped away and almost took the lead through another great strike from Rogers rattling the woodwork. Seconds later, Ritson’s shot made hard work for the Lichfield keeper.
Lichfield's first effort was no worries for Hine, blazing it way over the bar.
The deadlock was finally broken. Captain Fantastic, Jess, it was very similar to her earlier effort but this time she slotted home in the far corner, leaving the keeper standing, bewildered.
After the breakthrough, City saw out the last few minutes of the opening half, controlling possession and leaving no gaps for Lichfield to exploit - but right before the whistle it was Rogers again, who was trouble for the full-back all half. She made the keeper work, who produced a wonderful save.
Worcester started the second fiery, a quick break down the wing and a great delivery matched Mitcham’s gallant run, the header was stopped with another strong save by the keeper. Liv had another effort straight after, a tame shot which was collected comfortably.
Worcester had their second, but the celebrations were short-lived as the linesman held his flag up, it was ruled offside.
City did find the second shortly after, the substitute Hill, she beat the defender for pace running onto the through ball and drove a shot across goal nestling into the bottom, far corner. Her first for the team.
She said: “Feels great, everyone worked hard, and it was a great delivery.”
The attention had switched for City after the second goal, a silky dribble through two Lichfield players led to another Roger’s shot, forcing the keeper into yet another great save.
The third came through a quick bit of thinking by Smith, this time she was onside and on-hand to tap home the rebound from close range.
Lichfield looked flat coming towards the end of the game, allowing Worcester to move the ball well around the field, numerous efforts and late pressure finished a very commanding game from the home side.
Manager Matt said: “We performed well in all areas of the pitch. We did everything well, it was some of the best football we’ve played.”
City play away on Sunday in the League Cup semi-final against Kidderminster Harriers. Our Development team will host Leamington Lions at Claines Lane.
Match report written by Keanan Rolph.
Hear what Manager Matt Lock and goal scorers Elspeth Hill and Lauren Smith had to say following the win: