NERWFL: SWLFC 1st 1 : 1 Wakefield Trinity LFC
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Sunday 19th Jan 2020 (Match Date)

NERWFL:

SWLFC 1st 1 : 1 Wakefield Trinity LFC

Squad:

Michelle Stephens, Sophie Trotter, Jess Birtles, Emma Otley, 

Lucie Spendiff, Jodie Stancill, Jess Morrison, Molly Corke, Channy Rymer,

Emily Higgins, Sophie Eyre, Demi West, Kelly Biney, Liv Murray.

 

The Owls played hosts to league leaders Wakefield Trinity who had had a major rebuild and rebranding over last summer and had strengthened their squad considerably. Before the game just goal difference seperated the teams with Wednesday with a game in hand on the opponents. Kelly Biney had once again stepped up from our Reserves to give manager Dave higgins a squad of 14 for the game.

The game kicked off with Wakefield playing down the slight slope and the Owls with the low winter sun in their eyes. Wednesday started brightly but without creating too much and Wakefield managed to force three early corners which came to nothing. 1st real chance of the game came for Demi West who shot past the post on 11 minutes. On 15 minutes Wakefield had a penalty shout turned down that on another occasion could have been given. The opposition did take the lead on 24 minutes when their striker brushed off two tackles out wide, pulled the ball back to the edge of the box for an unmarked player to tap home for 1-0. Kelly had a shot fly past the post on 26 minutes before Wakefield ignored shouts of offside from the home team and broke through only for Chelle to come out and the striker put her shot well wide of goal. Both teams huffed and puffed for the remainder of the half with Sophie Eyre having the last chance of the half on 42 minutes which was comfortably saved by the keeper.

Half time: 0-1

A fairly even first period with Wakefield shading the half and scoring with their only shot on target to give them the lead. Our girls came out strong and other than a shot that went well wide from the Wakefield striker after she pounced on a loose ball in the 48th minute and a header from a free kick that went wide on 80 minutes, it was all wednesday with Wakefield defending resolutley. Jess had two early shots in the 45th and 46th minute, Kelly's header was saved well by the keeper on 49 minutes, Emily higgins had two shots early in the half and a header from Sophie from a corner went agonisingly close of the far post. Demi watched a headed corner fly over the cross bar and central defender Sophie Trotter made a marauding run from within her own half and a last gasp tackle deflected the ball out for a corner, and Jess again through on goal was only stopped by another great last gasp tackle putting the ball wide. Every time the Owls had a corner they looked as though they might score but time after time Wakefield scrambled the attempts clear.

With time running out the ladies earned a corner on 85 minutes Liv Murray burst down the wing and forced a corner and this time Jodie Stancill's pin point corner was met by Sophie whos header found the corner of the net for a well deserved equaliser. Our lot kept pressing for the winner and again watched as two late corners amounted to nothing.

Full Time: 1-1

Managers comments:

A great game of football to watch for the neutral and I have to say that the least we deserved was a point from the game. With how the game was turning out I have to be pleased with the point and although we have now played our game in hand on the rest of the challengers we still have a game in hand on Wakefield. I'm also pleased with not only how we battled to get back in the game but how we stopped Wakefield. They have the best goal scoring stats in the division and a striker that normally scores goals for fun, but today I counted one shot on target (the goal) and I think their striker had two half chances off target, so again a great all round showing from us. There is still 2/3rds of theseason to go and 5 teams within 3 points of each other so the games against each other will have a huge bearing on who sits on top at the end of the season. Playing each other 3 times also means this seasons race for the top could go right to the final weekend, lets just hope we are there or there abouts when it matters.  

  

 

 

 

 

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