Playing against a team that had only conceded 7 goals so far this season – 5 against Walsall – Wyrley entered this game with a little trepidation as they were again down to just 11 through Uni visits, netball and job interviews. Our opponents had the luxury of 2 substitutes.
Despite this, they were soon into their stride and, as in their last 2 games, their first half passing performance was exceptional. Again goals came at regular intervals through Rachel Hall 3, Sophie Shorrock 4, Saff Hicken 1, Laura Cumberledge 2, Jemma Clews 3, Hayley Turner 2 and Emily Quimby 1.
Performance highlights: –
Nia Jay had a number of comfortable saves, but was beaten just after half time – a result of Wyrley’s complacency. This was the team’s first goal conceded all season.
Leah Fanning enjoyed a number of forward runs and tussles with her ex team mates.
Saff scored her first goal of the season after a storming series of 1 2s before hitting a cross shot that was deflected in.
Cath Davis suffered a blow to the face but bravely carried on and was unlucky to see an effort just clear the bar.
Amy Marshall timed a number of last ditch tackles to perfection.
Laura Cumberledge controlled the left midfield position and calmy finished twice.
Hayley Turner played out of position and this week there was no disputing that her second goal was a cross as a powerful drive went in off the bar.
Emily Quimby was influential with her passing and scored from 40 yards by passing into goal straight from a goal kick.
Jemma Clews had a magnificent game capped by two cracking drives that fortunately hit the inside goal netting – otherwise they would still be moving now!
Rachel Hall was a power house up front and her third goal was calmly taken by firmly hitting home into the far corner.
Sophie Shorrock’s pick of the goals was the second where she stole in to the near post to steer home a low Clews cross and her 4th, a fine individual dribbling effort as she wriggled past 4 defenders before firing past the keeper – Fanning claiming the assist by making the throw in!
As in the Rubery game, the first half had all the quality but the second half had all the goals.
Well done girls. 52 goals scored in the last 3 games and conceding just 1 – wow!
Now for the Cup next week!