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Lye Town 2 – 1 Worcester City Women

April 10th, 2022

A late Alysha Stanley goal proved only to be a consolation as we fell to a 2-1 defeat away to a clinical Lye Town.

In the penultimate game of the season, Worcester City Women FC travelled to play Lye Town Ladies in the last away game of the 21/22 season. Although travelling with a depleted squad, Worcester started on the front foot and came close inside 5 minutes as Edwards fired a shot that was wide of the goal.

Lye town settled into the game and capitalised on an opportunity to see them take a 1-0 lead just past the 18-minute mark. City keeper Alisha Hine continued to make some important saves with one incredible reflex save to deny a header from four yards out.

In the 25th minute, Lye were awarded a penalty after Baldwin brought down a forward inside the box. The penalty was slotted into the corner to give Lye a foothold in the game.

City continued to battle during the remainder of the first half despite not being able to create much in front of goal, Harris pulled off a wonderful strike from a tight angle, causing the Lye Keeper to make a solid save. The halftime whistle saw Lye Town go into the break with a 2-0 lead.

As the second half started City made a change which saw Stanley join the attacking force with Robinson making make. City played some of their best link-up play midway through the second half but were unable to take advantage of opportunities in front of goal. The closest opportunity came from a free kick on the halfway line which Maisie Farr played a dangerous ball into the opposition box which saw Edwards glance her header narrowly wide of the goal.

Pushing towards the final whistle, City played with a high line in an attempt to claw a goal back. It proved decisive when City moved the ball quickly and slipped the ball through to Stanley who was able to slot the ball home with six minutes remaining on the clock.

The defensive unit worked collectively to retain possession and looked solid throughout the game. Lindsey Jones did extremely well to keep Lye Town wingers at bay, but the entire unit put a huge shift in throughout the game.

In the final minutes of the game, Worcester pushed for an equaliser and came close when D’oyen Fitchett was in space but dragged her shot wide of the mark. A positive second half saw City get back into the game but it was not enough as the final whistle blew and Lye Town took all 3 points.

The result keeps us in 7th place whilst Lye maintains 4th spot in the West Midlands Regional Women's League.   

Worcester will play their final league game of the season next Sunday at Claines Lane as we host City of Stoke for a 2:30pm kick-off. Get your tickets here.

Report by Todd Sasin

Meadow Park Ladies 1 – 7 Worcester City Women Development Team

In the final game of the season, Worcester City Women Development Team travelled to play an away game against Meadow Park Ladies.

City started the game with a slow tempo which saw Meadow Park Ladies hold onto the majority of the possession in the early minutes of the game. Alex Crake was able to find some space after turning past a defender and taking a shot from 20 yards out which fired into the top left-hand corner of the goal. This early goal helped City settle down and not long later Olivia Taylor took her finish well making it 2-0 to Worcester City Development.

City grew into the game and started to retain more possession by connecting with small passes across the pitch. The halftime whistle came which saw Worcester go into the break with a solid 2-0 lead.

With a slight change in formation, City started the second half with an early break which saw Georgia Marrett pounce on a defensive mistake to score her first of the game. Meadow Park were able to get some chances on the break which forced Katie Thatcher into making some routine saves with Ella May being at the realm of the defence.

Worcester were able to get into their stride which saw Marrett score two further goals allowing her to complete her hattrick and taking the team total to five. Meadow Park were given a freekick in a dangerous area which they managed to convert to bring the score to 5-1. City continued to push in front of goal and were awarded for their efforts as Izzy Gibbons’ powerful shot found the back of the net making it 6-1 to the visitors.

A final goal of the game came from Leah Ritson who was able to beat the Meadow Park defenders using her pace to slot the ball home for a 7-1 victory.

A strong performance from Worcester saw them take all three points and secure the Midwest Counties Female Football League. Despite other teams having remaining fixtures to play, regardless of the outcome, City cannot be caught and therefore finish the season as champions. A huge congratulations to everyone involved with the Development Team this season and becoming league champions!

Photography by Stuart Thatcher

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