Wolves United Away... Wolves
United Away... Wolves United Away
from last weeks victory at home to West Brom United, the AFC Telford Ladies
were back on the road as they made the short trip to face Wolverhampton United
in a top of the table clash. The hosts sat just 3 points behind the Bucks and
were looking to end the perfect record held by the ladies.
Bucks shuffled the pack for this game with Hamer, Jem Smith, Poole and
debutant Jones coming in for Arrowsmith (Unavailable), Teare (Injured),
McShane and Cooke who dropped to the bench. It was a nervy opening to the game
with both sides looking to get a foothold on a very heavy and bobbly surface.
The hosts had the first chance of the game from a free kick but it failed to
trouble Carter in the Telford goal sailing over.
first notable chance of the game came after 15 minutes when Caitlyn Smith found
herself in 1v1. However the tracking Wolves defender put in a superb last ditch
tackle to keep the scores level and deny Smith. We would only have to wait 4
more minutes for the opening goal of the game, and what a strike it was. After
the ball pin-balled around in the box, it popped out to Darel Poole who
unleashed an unstoppable drive from 25 yards past the Wolves keeper. It was
hoped the goal would settle the Bucks down but this wasn't to be the case as
the scrappy encounter continued. A key moment followed just after the half hour
point as Wolves were denied an equaliser via an offside. A few tasty challenges
from both sides followed to raise the temperature of the game on a cold
afternoon in Wolverhampton.
37 minutes the Bucks grabbed control of the game and it was the lively winger
Kayleigh Harrison who got the goal. After her initial shot was well saved by
the keeper she was in hand to put the ball in. A well deserved second for the
Bucks with the hosts yet to register a shot on target. That's the way it stayed
as the sides headed in the break.
TIME: Wolverhampton United 0 AFC Telford Ladies 2
next goal in this game would be crucial. If the Bucks grabbed it, it would be a
case of how many they could score but if the hosts got one back it would be a
nervous end to the game. The home side started the brightest forcing 4
successive corners in the first few minutes but couldn't create an opening. A
close call for the Bucks on the hour as a clearance out the box struck the
Wolves striker but narrowly drifted wide. However, just two minutes the home
side did get on the scoresheet from the spot after a foul from Hamer. Carter
got a hand to the penalty but the power was too much. Game On!
20 minutes to go, the Bucks should of had a third but somehow the ball stayed
out after a number of chances in the bog of a goalmouth. Just two minutes later
the two goal cushion was restored. Fran Scott picked up the ball on the left
flank before beating her marker for pace, she cut inside before unleashing a
right footed strike past the keeper via the crossbar. Just two minutes later
the game as a contest was over as bravery in the air from Beth Cooke played in
Harrison who fired one across the keeper in off the post. 4 minutes to go and
the hosts got another back after a pass back evaded Carter courtesy of a
massive bobble leaving the Wolves striker with a simple tap in. Their was still
time for Harper to miss from the spot striking the crossbar but that didn't
change the outcome as the Bucks made it 10 wins out of 10 opening up a 6 point
lead at the top the league.
TIME: Wolverhampton United 2 AFC Telford Ladies 4
great win for the Bucks in very tough conditions but ugly wins win you the
league and this was certainly one. It's a break from league action next weekend
as they travel to face Kewford Eagles in the next round of the Cup.
XI: Carter, Beddows, Vaughan, Gordon, Hamer, Harrison, Poole, Harper, C.Smith,
J.Smith and Jones
Cooke, S.Brown, McShane and Scott