AFC Telford Ladies
4 v 2
Port Vale Ladies
AFC Telford Ladies made the trip to Stoke on Sunday for the opening game of the West Mids Regional League North. Heading into the game, their opponents were in fine form progressing through two rounds of the Women’s FA Cup against teams in a higher division netting 17 goals in the process.
Following the disappointment of last weeks FA Cup exit it was Bucks that started the game the brightest, pressing their opponents high and forcing them into mistakes. In the opening 20 minutes of the game, the Bucks forced 8 corners but were unable to force an opener, Baldwin and Garrett heading over of note.
On 33 minutes it was the away side that forced the opener after Vale struggled to clear their lines, Maddie Jones was on hand to lob the ball over the stranded keeper. The Bucks went into half time just a goal to the good but should have been well clear.
HALF TIME: PORT VALE 0 AFC TELFORD 1
The second half started much how the first half ended with the away side controlling play and creating the chances. 13 minutes into the half it was two after a ball whipped into the box from the left side was converted from close range by Danni Garrett on her league debut for the club. However just 4 minutes later the Vale were back in it after slack defending from a corner was seized upon and the ball poked home.
It was a period of 2 minutes starting on 68 minutes that wrapped up the points. After the Vale defence failed to deal with another dangerous Charlotte Budd cross, the rebound was smashed home by Jaime Duggan from all of a couple of yards. The fourth goal was an early goal of the season contender from Jem Smith. Smith picked the ball up from 40 yards out and her inch perfect strike sailed over the home keeper to make it 4-1.
With 15 minutes on the clock, the deficit was reduced once more from a corner but the Bucks held firm to wrap up a first 3 points of the season.
FULL TIME: PORT VALE 2 AFC TELFORD 4
Head Coach Darel Tidman-Poole reflected on a well deserved 3 points on the opening day.
“It was great to finally get the league campaign underway and it was very pleasing to get the 3 points. The women have worked very hard during pre-season, both physically and tactically and this definitely showed in their performance. Port Vale are an organised side and made us really work for the result, I wish them well for the rest of the season. We now look forward to a tricky tie next week against Sandwell.”
Match Date: September 8th, 2019 2:00 pm
Competition: West Midlands Regional League North
Kick Off: 14:00
Venue: Bradeley Sports Centre
Official 4: n/a