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Match Report: Walsall Women 3-0 City of Stoke

27 October 2022

Walsall Women

Match Report: Walsall Women 3-0 City of Stoke

27 October 2022

Walsall Women maintained their unbeaten start in the league with victory over City of Stoke.

The game started evenly and both team shared possession but the play was all in the middle of the park with neither team having any clear chances.

Both teams made changes, with Walsall’s substitute making an immediate impact.

The ball was broken down in the midfield by Kasia Webb where it was left out wide. A quick pass forward through to Walsall substitute Saanya Najib, who managed to get through the City of Stoke defence and slot it past the keeper to give Walsall the lead.

This goal seemed to kick Walsall into life and they continued to apply pressure, having a few breakthroughs but were unlucky not to score but 10 minutes before half time, a fantastic through ball from Heather Clayton split the City of Stoke defence apart. The ball was perfect for Shian-Terri Atkins to cut in around the keeper and put the ball in the net to extend Walsall’s lead and the Saddlers went in at half time 2-0 up.

The second half saw City of Stoke come out to try and get back in the game but the Walsall defence held strong and restricted them to long range shots which Olivia Wells comfortably saved.

Walsall started to push back and finally got another breakthrough from an excellent long range shot off Jasmin Springer from about 25 yards out, which sailed over the City of Stoke goalkeeper’s head to put Walsall 3-0 up.

The game remained even until about 10 minutes to go where City of Stoke, who were resilient until the end, pushed to try and get a goal back.

Walsall faced several corners which they managed to see off.

Overall, the game was a lot closer than the score line suggested as City of Stoke didn’t give up never and played right up to the last whistle but Walsall were a strong unit and proved hard to break down.

The victory sees Walsall Women remain top of the league.


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