Shifnal Town 0-5 WCWFC
WCWFC traveled north this weekend to face Shifnal in the West Midlands Regional Premier Division and came away with the 3 points to go top of the league.
The start of the match was a tightly contested affair, but once City were able to maintain possession of the ball, things started opening up. In the 15th minute, Emma Congrave slotted a ball through to Rogers, who had made a diagonal run off the left flank, and side-footed it into the bottom left corner.
Rogers then turned provider in the 24th minute as her inswinging cross found Mitcham with room where she shrugged off the defender and tucked it away expertly.
Just before halftime, after a long ball over the top from Shifnal, Hollie Congrave saw red when she was adjudged to have pushed the player running in on goal. City were down to ten with the second half still to be played.
City’s back line sat deep at the start of the second half in order to limit Shifnal’s attacking opportunities and Captain Cerys Dolloway commanded the back line expertly. After a frustrating lack of chances, Shifnal began to push bodies forward with the hope of getting back into the game, and this left gaps open at the back, and City capitalised.
In the 65 minute Emma Congrave kicked things off by converting a penalty and Mitcham bagged two goals from inside the area in the 72’ and 87’ to secure her second consecutive hat-trick. It was an inspiring victory for WCWFC and not only for the three goals after going down to ten, but for the defensive performance and holding onto the clean sheet.
City are rolling at the moment so don’t miss your chance to see them live next Sunday the 22nd as they take on Anstey Nomads in the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Cup at Sixways. A victory at this point, and City will be through to the First Round Proper.
Match Report by Peter Gillcrist.
Hear what Manager Matt Tally and defender Cerys Dolloway had to say after the game:
Redditch Borough 2-3 WCWFC Development
Badland's brace secured City’s Development team a spot in the next round of the County Cup.
City started the game strongly, knocking the ball around confidently and creating good chances but couldn't find the opening in the first 15 minutes of the game.
Shortly after the 15-minute mark though, Badland put City ahead after Watson battled hard to get the ball through to Smith on the halfway line who calmly slotted Badland through on goal to make it 0-1 after a tidy finish.
Redditch Borough made it 1-1 capitalising on a corner. A beautiful ball into the box and an ever-better header striking the bar with pace, the ball bounced up and back into the goal mouth causing chaos and finding its way over the line in the 23rd minute.
In the second half, City started on the front foot again however a loose ball from the back caused a lovely chip over the keeper to make it 2-1 early in the half to Redditch Borough.
The game started to settle at 2-1 until the ball broke through to Smith in the box who got her shot off but was caught late by the defender awarding a penalty to City. Smith took the penalty calmly as she stepped up and slotted it to the keeper's left to tie the game 2-2 in the 65th minute.
City grew in confidence late into the game feeling they could grab a late winner. Eventually, the ball dropped in favour of Worcester as it fell perfectly to Badland on the edge of the box in the first minute of added time, where she smashed it on the volley over the keeper into the far corner for a well-deserved City winner.
Tamworth 1-4 WCWFC U18s
City's Under-18s score four on the road to beat Tamworth.
A nervy start for City saw the back four absorbing a lot of pressure from Tamworth from the off, some confident saves and quick footwork from Rebecca ensured that the scores remained level.
The deadlock was broken in the 9th minute with a perfectly weighted pass from Keira to Ellie out wide on the right who surged forward down the wing, around one defender, to shoot under the keeper into the near post.
The next 20 minutes saw a tight contest in midfield with both sides having opportunities to score but once again City's defensive line held, Charlotte R's disciplined aggression being complemented with a confident performance from Rebecca who was once again called into action a number of times, at one point pulling out some spectacular full-length dives to keep the scores level.
In the final 15 minutes of the half, City's determination in midfield started to dominate the play ensuring that much of the play was in Tamworth's half resulting in two corners and three shots on target, however, Tamworth’s defence held firm leaving the score line at 0-1 to City at HT.
The second half started brightly for Tamworth with three or four attacks eventually being snuffed out by City's defences. In the 50th minute, another well-placed through ball from midfield this time from Mia saw Ellie exploit an opportunity on the right side of midfield turning two defenders before finishing with a well-placed shot into the bottom corner of the goal.
City's second goal gave renewed impetus to Tamworth, only four minutes later they took advantage of a loose ball on the edge of City's box to lob Rebecca who dived valiantly but was sadly beaten leaving the score 1-2 to City in the 54th minute.
Much like the first half, City's movement and passing in midfield started to dictate the play with most of the action now occurring in Tamworth's half resulting in two or three opportunities to extend their lead. In the 78th minute, another well place pass from Eva in midfield saw a confident Ellie take on two defenders, and go around the keeper before shooting into an open goal, giving a two-goal cushion for City and a hattrick for herself.
One minute after the restart, Roseann's perseverance paid off with an explosive run down the left side-stepping two defenders before blasting the ball into the far corner.