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Worcester City Women FC 1 - 2 Crusaders Women FC

Jan 9, 2022

Worcester City Women conceded a late equaliser on Sunday in a well-fought game against Coventry Sphinx. 

 

City handed home debuts to Jess Jenkins and Katie Lawrence who had transitioned from the Development Team for this league clash, and it was Jenkins who started the move that gave City their first real chance of the game in the 12th minute. A nicely-weighted ball down the left played in Rew who pulled back to the in-form Collins, whose first time shot was sailing into the top corner until the Coventry Keeper made a fine finger-tip save.

 

Coventry grew into the game and put the City defence under some pressure but City were a real threat on the counter-attack when Mulcock and Collins could get on the ball and play through to Lawrence, who worked tirelessly throughout the game. The first half ended goalless.

 

City started the second half strong and created several half chances before Collins’ corner in the 65th minute hit the bar and Johnson was the first to react but her header went over the bar.

 

A minute later City won a penalty and it was Collins who slotted the ball home calmly to the Keepers left to put City 1 up.

 

City had several opportunities to put the game to bed but were either adjudged to be offside or unable to take their chances. Coventry then piled on the pressure with minutes to go and went close to getting the equaliser when they went through on goal but just pulled the ball wide. 

 

Shortly after, they did have the ball in the back of the net after they broke down City’s left and were allowed to punt a long ball into the box. The City defence failed to clear and Coventry pounced on the loose ball to secure them a point.

 

City are at home again this week 19th December to Sutton Coldfield, 2:30pm Kick Off at Claines Lane. Fans will be treated to free mince pies and a visit from Santa - it’s not one to miss! Tickets can be purchased online here

Photo credits to photofoyer.

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Worcester City Women FC 1 - 2 Crusaders Women FC

Jan 9, 2022

City Women started 2022 with a very positive performance and were unfortunate not to come away with at least a point against a strong Crusaders team. City, who were without some key players, handed First Team debuts to 3 players, namely Alisha Hine as GK, Jenna Lapore and Liv Taylor who had impressed in the City Development Squad. 

The first half was a closely fought contest, with both GKs being tested. Hine, making her debut, was quick off the mark and settled into the team exceptionally well, making a crucial save on 10 minutes. D’oyen Fitchett caused the Crusaders back line plenty of trouble, forcing the Keeper into a string of fine saves. As time went on City started to get into their groove, playing great football with Farr pulling the strings in the middle of the park and were unlucky to head into the break level at 0-0.

Crusaders started the second half strongly, curling an effort just wide of the post and forcing Hine into more great saves. They broke the deadlock from a corner, which whipped in to the near post and a glancing header went into the bottom corner. Shortly after, Crusaders extended their lead when the striker broke away from the City defence and was one on one with Hine, who made a great save but the ball couldn’t get clear and Crusaders slotted the ball home to put them 2 up – a scoreline that didn’t reflect the City performance. City didn’t give up though, and continued to play good football. Mulcock shot just wide on 75 minutes and D’oyen Fitchett and Lawrence worked tirelessly upfront. But it was Harris who got the goal back for City when she rounded the Keeper superbly and calmly slotted the ball into the back of the net to get a very well-deserved goal. City had a final chance of the game to bring it level when Heath cut inside brilliantly on her left foot but couldn’t quite get the perfect shot off with her right.

Despite the defeat, City played some great football and showed the strength in depth of the squad that is being built. Head Coach Jodie Williams said; ‘we’re really unfortunate not to come away with anything today but the performance shows just how far we have come as a club. We’ve seen new players join the club and fit in straight away and full credit to our Development Team players who gave a great account of themselves today. We’re really happy with the progress we’re making as a club and the foundations are being built.’

City travel to Kingfisher FC next week for the next round of the Worcestershire County Cup, keep an eye on our social channels for ticket information on this match. 

Our next home game sees us up against Kidderminster Harriers on 30th January at Claines Lane – tickets can be purchased here.

Photo credits to photofoyer.

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