Wolves Women Win Black Country Derby

Wolves beat West Brom to climb off the foot of the FA WPL Northern Division table, while Bradford City held Huddersfield Town to a draw.

Tuesday 17th October
FA WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

NORTHERN DIVISION
Bradford City 1-1 Huddersfield Town (Att: 121)
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Att: 236)

NORTHERN DIVISION 1
Bolton Wanderers 1-0 Crewe Alexandra (Att: 73)

Wednesday 18th October

SOUTH EAST DIVISION 1
Denham United 1-5 Luton Town (Att: 124)

Perks celebrates 250th game with crucial goal

Anna Parks (Photo: @wolveswomenfc)

Wolves secured their first win since rejoining the Northern Division by defeating Black Country rivals West Brom on their own ground.

The victory also lifted Wanderers off the foot of the table and within two points of the Baggies, who had recently won 4-2 at Wolves.

A free-kick from Courtney Jones rattled the Albion bar, before Anna Price gave Wolves an 18th minute lead on her 250th appearance for the club.

In the space of 5 minutes, Albion had an effort knocked off the line, a goal ruled out and were also denied by the crossbar.

But Billie Haynes then hit a 45-yard chip over goalkeeper Lucy Gardner to double the lead just before half time.

West Brom replied 16 minutes from time when Jennifer Kikomeko flicked a header into the bottom corner but it would not be enough to salvage a point.

Bantams tie with Terriers

Bradford City moved into ninth place and Huddersfield Town up to third – both on goal difference – after drawing 1-1.

Charlotte Stuart had to clear off the City line and Natalie Saunders make a fine save, before a back pass let in former Bantam Hannah Campbell to open the scoring midway through the half for the Terriers.

Stuart saw an effort of her own cleared off the line by Danielle Witham before Town had to replace goalkeeper Laura Carter with Charlotte Kenyon.

Ellie Olds came off the bench 5 minutes into the second half and equalised just 7 minutes later.

The hosts soon lost Hannah Smith to hospital with an ankle injury, as they made it a fourth draw in seven games.

Pilling wins the points

Bolton Wanderers leapfrogged Crewe Alexandra into fifth spot in Northern Division 1, after defeating them 1-0.

Michelle Saunders set up Ruby Howard and a strong run from Michelle Ryan led to a chance for Emma Pilling but Bolton could not break the first-half deadlock.

The decisive moment came midway through the second half, as Crewe failed to clear there lines and Pilling punished them with the only goal of the game.

However, Crewe forced Brittany Jackson into a save and Beth Ragdale put the rebound over the bar.

Bolton had Ryan stretchered off with an injury, after which Safron Newhouse hit the post for Wanderers and Levi Lander had a late effort on target for Alex.

Hatters hit five

Luton Town went fifth in the South East with five different scorers in their victory at Denham United.

Stephanie Gale scores her first goal for the club after Nicola Henman played her in and Dionne Manning doubled the lead with a fine strike.

Denham pulled one back before half-time through Jenny Banfield but Henman headed home an Erica Byron corner to make it 3-1.

Zara Carroll converted a penalty after Henman was brought down and then Jodie Nadine played in Funmi Babalola for her first goal for the Hatters.

 

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