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Worcester City Women Weekly Round Up – 26/02 & 27/02

Cookley Ladies 0-1 Worcester City Women

March 1, 2022

A solid performance sees City through to the County Cup final after beating Cookley Ladies 0-1, thanks to an Emma Collins strike. 

After being postponed for a week due to bad weather, the kick off got underway at Cookley Playing Fields on a gloriously sunny day, but a terrible pitch. City started with a lot of possession in the middle of the pitch but struggled to get a shot on goal. In the 11th minute, the first key moment of the game occurred for City as Jess Rew used her skill to get past her opponent and then drove the ball into the path of Emma Collins who’s shot was just wide of the mark.  

City remained patient, and the next big chance of the game came in the 27th minute as Rew once again put a clever ball into the path of Katie Heath this time who played the ball across the box for Collins who forced the keeper into a good save to keep the game level. Seconds later saw another chance for City, this time Collins setting up Heath who was also denied the game’s opener.  

Worcester went into the second half the team looking most likely to score, and in the 53rd minute a powerful shot from Collins on the edge of the area, went flying into the top left corner to which gave City a deserved lead.

As the game entered its final half-hour, Worcester seeked a second, as a free kick from Collins floated just over the crossbar. 

Jess Fassnidge made her long-awaited return from an ACL injury, coming on with 15 minutes to play, replacing Lauren D’oyen Fitchett and Fassnidge made an instant impact making sure her strength and presence was felt. Midfielder Masie Farr created a chance from nothing as she hit a volley from around 30 yards which was flying towards the top corner, but the keeper just reached the ball.

Tensions arose as the game approached the full-time whistle, where Simpson was shown a straight red card after being involved in a scuffle with an opposition player. City managed to hold on in the last few minutes of the game and the win takes us through to the Worcestershire County Cup Final to be played on 8th May vs Kidderminster Harriers!

City now have a break in games giving them plenty of time to prepare for the next league fixture at home vs Tamworth on the 27th March. Get your tickets here.

Thank you for your support as always. 

Worcester City Women Development 8 v 0 Droitwich Spa Belles

Worcester City Women Development team welcomed Droitwich Spa Belles to Claines Lane on Sunday. The eight goals City scored were excellent moves and finishes, Libby Drapier started the rout with a precise penalty, Katie Lawrence adding a hat-trick and therefore bagged the Player of the Match award, Leah Ritson added another smashing home from ten yards out, Libby Drapier claiming another with an excellent top corner twenty-yard thunderbolt, followed by a Droitwich own goal, and Georgia Marrett tapped home smartly to complete the job. 

 

The win sees City Development remain top of the table.

Coventry City Girls 2 v 5 Worcester City Women u18

Worcester City Women u18 started the game strong but an early goal from Coventry came from a throw-in and a ball put into the box where City were out-muscled to the ball and they slotted it home from close range. The girls reacted well despite conceding and started to play better football and try to link up more. A fantastic ball was played over the top and from Liv Wood on the left wing to the back right stick for Katie Lawrence to get the ball under control and slot it home comfortably. A few minutes later there was a great press from City which caused miscommunication between Coventry defenders and Katie Lawrence was able to have a tap-in from close range to go 2-1 up. Leah Ritson was brought down in the box around 22 minutes but no penalty was given. Coventry found an equalizer after a great through ball allowing their number 9 to latch onto the pass and finish into the right hand corner of the goal. Right before half-time a back pass from Coventry center back to the goalkeeper ended up in the back of the net to allow Worcester to take the lead. 

 

56 minutes into the game Katie Thatcher made an important save from a strike on the edge of the box and a few minutes later we went up the over end and Ella May put in a perfectly weighted cross from a corner and Laura Shanley rose highest making a header that rattled the cross bar. City went 4-2 up when Ella played a ball from the back line over the top of Coventry and Leah showed strength and speed to beat the defender in a 1v1 situation and slot the ball past the keeper. Izzy Gibbons took a great free-kick that just missed the goal and was a fraction too high. Leah drove through the middle of Coventry’s half and played a great pass to Liv who was able to take a shot and shoot from distance which bobbled over the GK and into the net to make it 5-2. 

 

Well done to all Worcester City Women teams!