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Worcester City Women FC 1 - 3 Kidderminster Harriers Women FC

May 9th, 2022

Worcester City Women played their part in an entertaining WFA County Final at Claines Lane on Sunday, in front of a crowd in excess of 250, but were unfortunate to fall to a 1-3 defeat against an in-form Kidderminster Harriers.

The winners of last season’s County Cup retained the trophy, despite having to deal with the threat posed by Worcester City, who dominated possession throughout.

In the side's third meeting this season, City throughout the match played well and looked the better side going forward. City should have taken the lead when Alysha Stanley went through on goal but her shot was cleared off the line in the opening 15 minutes. City continued to create chances, with Farr’s shot beaten away by the impressive Harriers Keeper and another opportunity came when Emma Collins played a ball over the top that unlocked the defence for Amy Mulcock, who stretched but was unable to make enough proper contact with the ball. 

On 35 minutes Harriers won a free kick just outside the area but the shot was comfortably saved by Hine.

City came out for the second half looking to convert their well-worked chances, but it was Harriers who opened the scoring from a corner on 56 minutes. 

Stanley found herself through on goal in the second half but was pulled back for offside, and 2 minutes later Harriers doubled their lead when a ball played through was deemed onside and the forward player coolly slotted the ball under Hine.

With City 2 down and 20 minutes remaining, they started to up the tempo and looked very dangerous down the right through Amy Mulcock. A nice move starting in midfield ended with a cross into the box which Stanley laid off to Jess Fassnidge, who struck into the net to give City a lifeline.  

City continued to create chances, with D’oyen Fitchett, Mulcock and Baldwin and Jones on the overlap down both flanks looking dangerous but the Harriers Keeper pulled off several great saves to keep City at bay.

The four-time winners wrapped up the victory in added time after lobbing into an empty net after City pushed all 11 players into the box for a corner.

Both teams deserve great credit for their part in a great game which thoroughly entertained the strong crowd at Claines Lane – a fantastic showcase for women’s football in the County. 

Despite the defeat, City can be proud of their performance and improvements made throughout the season.

Thank you to all our fans who came to support the City Women yesterday and throughout the season and we look forward to welcoming you back to Claines ready for 22/23 season!

Match Report by Todd Sasin