Wolves Women 5 The New Saints Ladies FC 1
Division 1 Midlands League
TNS Ladies: Sarah Parkes, Lucy Brown, Mia Evans, Caitlyn Smith, Helen Evans, Yasmin Evans, Lia Lewis (c), Jess Jennings, Laura Pennington, Kim Bebbington, Katie Doster, Taylor Davis, Erin Taylor, Laura Morris, Zoe Griffiths.
It was always going to be a tough game against the league leaders, but falling behind with just six minutes on the clock, wasn’t the start that The New Saints Ladies had hoped for.
Wolves Women looked stronger in the opening exchanges, and following Lowri Walker’s early goal, the home side went on to hit the woodwork, as they threatened to increase their lead.
However, the visitors pulled themselves into contention, and after a goal was disallowed for offside, Kim Bebbington’s header at the one-third stage, saw The New Saints back in the frame.
Unfortunately though for Lawrence Wilson’s side, four goals in six minutes up to the break, saw the game effectively snatched from TNS. Natalie Widdal, Anna Morphet and Jamila Palmer with a brace, ensured that it was the Wolves’ dressing room that was the happier of the two as the first-half drew to a close.
No more goals followed during the second period, and come the final whistle Wolves Women extended the lead at the top of the Division 1 Midlands League to thirteen points. Having lost just once all season, that honour goes to TNS, who recorded a 3-2 win against Dan McNamara’s side last September.
The New Saints Ladies remain in fourth place, two points behind Birmingham and West Midlands Ladies and Bedworth United Ladies, who occupy second and third places respectively, separated by just goal difference.
The next league game for TNS Ladies, involves a trip to the Oval as they take on the latter. The game is on March 1, with a 2.00 p.m. kick-off time.