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Wolves 7 Belles 2

29 September 2019

The Belles suffered a third away defeat in a row as they lost 7-2 at Wolves on Sunday.

Emily Burgin put the Belles in front inside three minutes before Wolves turned the game around with two quick goals.

Nadia Khan then equalised to cap off a frantic opening 15 minutes, but the hosts would score five after the break to seal three points in the FAWNL Division One Midlands.

Burgin slotted home with the first real chance of the game, latching onto a ball forward and getting in behind the Wolves defence to slot under Maddie Elbro and find the far corner.

Wolves came back on the attack though and were level two minutes later, with a cross from the right being met in the middle by Janila Palmer who volleyed past Kirsty Johnson to equalise.

The hosts then took the lead on 13 minutes, with Lyndsey Glover seeing her corner from the left fly all the way in to complete the turn-around.

Like their hosts though, the Belles went straight on the attack and were level within two minutes.

Eva Madarang's long free-kick was fumbled by Elbro into the path of Khan who fired home through a number of Wolves defenders to level the scores in Castlecroft.

Shannie Jennings tried to get the hosts back ahead with a shot from just outside the box a few moments later, though she would be unable to divert her effort goalwards, instead seeing her shot drift wide.

Johnson was being kept busy in the Belles' goal and she would produce two good saves to deny Wolves a third, firstly denying Jade Cross one-on-one before saving well from Lowri Walker, before Walker saw her follow-up effort deflected over.

Wolves were in the ascendancy and soon found themselves hitting the bar, Palmer crossing in for Cross to shoot on goal, however the ball would strike the woodwork before bouncing away.

Johnson would have to be alert once again with Palmer threatening, her volley was palmed away by the Belles' no. 1 after a header across goal by Anna Price.

It wouldn't take long after the break for the hosts to get the goal they had been searching for, with Walker capitalising on a loose ball and firing into the top corner from the edge of the box inside the first minute of the second period.

Alice Keitley and Jennings were next to try their luck with shots from distance, though both efforts wouldn't find the back of the net with Johnson helding Keitley's shot well before Jennings' strike flew wide of the post.

Chloe Bethell tried to get the Belles back in it as she turned and shot from 20 yards out with three Wolves defenders around her, though she was unable to direct her shot on target, flying wide of the left post.

Two minutes later the hosts would double their lead despite the best efforts of Johnson who saved twice to deny Walker before Keitley pounced on a loose ball to slot into the empty net.

Johnson could do nothing to prevent Wolves' fifth of the afternoon on the hour with Cross breaking into space and lobbing over the keeper to extend the lead.

First-half substitute Sophie Scargill then had two chances to reduce the deficit, firstly finding herself in space inside the box to shoot but Elbro would claim the ball.

Her next chance came after Elbro spilled Burgin's free-kick into her path, but the Wolves stopper recovered well to make the save from close range.

From the next attack, Wolves would have their sixth as Keitley broke clear to find herself one-on-one with Johnson and slotting under the Belles' keeper to claim her second of the game.

Captain Kirsty Smith found Elbro at full stretch down the other end after she took control of a cross from Bethell, though her shot from a tight angle was saved brilliantly by the home stopper.

The final piece of action of the afternoon saw Wolves round off proceedings with their seventh goal, and it would be their first goalscorer Palmer who finished things, scoring at the second attempt after a good first stop by Johnson.

The Belles' focus now shifts next week as they travel north to face Division One North side Chester-Le-Street Ladies in the second qualifying round of the Women's FA Cup next Sunday.


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