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Worcester City Women Weekly Round Up – 12/03 & 13/03

March 14, 2022

Worcester City Women FC 1-4 Stourbridge Ladies FC

A debut goal for Alysha Stanley proved only to be a consolation as Worcester fell to a 4-1 defeat to an impressive Stourbridge side.   

 

A goal inside the opening minute for Stourbridge foreshadowed how the first half would play out, as Stourbridge finished the half three goals to the good. 

 

Stourbridge used the wide areas to their advantage, as the ball was put across mid-air and stuck on the volley to leave Alisha Hine starstruck. 

 

A few minutes later, Hine was forced off her line to make the block to deny Stourbridge an early second goal. Stourbridge continued to dominate the first half with multiple runners getting in behind the struggling City defence. 

 

Worcester’s only chance of the first half would fall to Emma Collins who found space and powered her shot that went wide of the post. 

 

Stourbridge added a second goal just after the 25th minute mark after the ball got played across the goal for an easy tap-in. The third came less than 10-minutes later with the ball nestling into the net after good control from a Stourbridge player from a free-kick. 

 

Worcester switched to a back four with Maisie Farr coming on which helped tighten the backline, however the second half remained a huge task to try and salvage anything from the game. 

 

City did improve for the second half showing and pulled an early goal back after substitute Alysha Stanley came on for her debut and slotted the ball into the net after a slight scramble in the penalty area. 

 

Stourbridge showed their quality as they added a fourth goal on 66 minutes to deny any chance of a comeback from City.

 

The second half from City did bring positives, especially against such a strong team in Stourbridge who are fighting for promotion and earlier this season beat Derby County in the FA Cup. Alisha Hine was in fantastic form in goal and despite the score line City continued to play good football until the end.

 

The result keeps City in mid-table, and will welcome Tamworth to Claines Lane in two weeks’ time on Sunday 27th March. Get your tickets here.

Report by Todd Sasin

Wyre Forest Phoenix 2 - 3 Worcester City Women Development Team

Another 3 points for the Development Team sees them remain top of the table after a well fought away win against Wyre Forest Phoenix. 

 

The players knew they would face a tough outfit, and that’s exactly how the match developed. We started brightly, and to be honest it was end to end, however Wyre Forest Phoenix found the breakthrough from a penalty. We responded brightly and  began to find our rhythm, and midway through the first-half Izzy Gibbons brilliantly equalised dispatching Ella May’s quality corner back across the goalkeeper into the far corner with an excellently timed and precise header. The match continued to ebb and flow, and it looked like Wyre Forest Phoenix would retake the lead when they were rewarded another penalty but an offside decision was given in the build-up, and therefore we were thankfully reprieved. In response we launched another attack, and Libby Drapier crafted herself a couple of yards roughly twenty yards out from goal before she unleashed a looping strike only for the goalkeeper to tip onto the bar. Katie Lawrence burst onto the rebound and poked the ball behind the floundering goalkeeper to give Worcester City a 2-1 half-time lead.

 

City started the second half well and continued to press however the ball just wasn’t our friend, and the pitch neither. Wyre Forest Phoenix then made a dangerous double substitution and the change was made at a freekick, and one substitute provided the cross, for another player to smash goalward, only for Katie Thatcher to make an excellent reactive save, however the ball then fell to their onrushing second substitute who poked home the rebound smartly. Again, the match ebbed and flowed, and we again managed to unlock their defence from another smart set-piece. Ella May changed her delivery and fizzed the ball into the near post for Katie Lawrence to smartly backheel the ball on the volley past the goalkeeper from the tight angle. From there we defended resolutely, resisted their pressure in the last five minutes, and secured the three points. In a harsh pressure cooker environment, the players handled the game extremely well, and demonstrated a maturity to their resolute performance.

Sporting Khalsa 0 - 5 Worcester City Women U18

On the final league game of the season, Worcester City Under 18’s travelled to Sporting

Khalsa.

 

Worcester started the game on the front foot by dominating in possession and trying to get

some early shots off. An early opportunity came with Caitlin Stanton intercepting the ball and finding Laura Shanley in the middle of the park who was able to turn nicely and spray a long pass out to Katie Lawrence on the right wing. Katie was able to cut inside and find Liv who played a first time pass into Leah Ritson, who turned her defender and put the early effort just wide of the post.

 

The early pressure and chances allowed Worcester to take the lead after a Katie Lawrence assist led to Liv Wood taking a great touch outside of the box and beating the goalkeeper with an

excellent looping effort to go 1-0 up.

 

5 minutes later Libby Drapier cut inside on the left wing playing a switch pass which went over the top of the Khalsa defence and into the path of Liv Wood who was able to slot it home on her first touch. Less than 2 minutes later Katie Lawrence provided pressure to the defence and as the goalkeeper came out Katie was fortunate as the ball came off her and went in to make it 3-0.

 

As half time drew closer Worcester continued to play nice attacking football while looking

solid at the back. Leah went into a foot race with the Khalsa centre back and was able to beat

her while pulling the ball back to Izzy Gibbons who had made a run to the edge of the box. Izzy took a perfectly weighted touch out of her feet to set herself and curled a shot into the bottom right side netting. Worcester went into the half-time break with a 4-0 lead.

3 subs were made at half time seeing Lawrence, Drapier and Macaulay make way for Cooper,

Bannister and Crake.

 

As the second half started Khalsa worked very hard to get back into the game and had a few

good opportunities from set pieces that came very close but due to good defending from

Stanton and Ella  May as well as some important saves from KatieThatcher, allowed us to remain with a 4-0 lead. The subs made a solid impact as Gracie Bannister played a ball to Alex Crake on the left side of the box who was about to set herself and take the finish nicely to advance to a 5-0 lead.

 

Khalsa caused some problems in the midfield and looked to attack where possible but a squad

effort saw Worcester taking home all 3 points.

 

Well done to all Worcester teams this weekend!