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Match Report: Sedgley&G 0-13 Alvechurch Women

Match Report: Sedgley&G 0-13 Alvechurch Women

Paul Hasker12 May - 19:00
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Church hit THIRTEEN to tighten their grip on top spot!

An incredible afternoon for the visitors hands them the three points and boosts their goal difference figure in the penultimate away trip of the 2023/2024 season.

TEAM NEWS:
Manager Ben Davis made two changes to the side that saw off Rugby Town last time out as Nicola Pludra returned to the eleven in place of Kelly, who was named amongst the substitutes. The other saw a welcome return to play for Katherine Christopher. The captain had been used a sub in recent weeks - but made a full start for the side for the first time since the end of January in our 4-0 win at Bewdley Town Ladies.

The other subs saw Jessica Shepherdson, on-loan tier four defender Jessica Wallace, Mia Dolan and Charlotte Leedham - a strong bench to call upon, indeed.

THE MATCH: READY? HERE WE GO...
In blistering hot conditions in Dudley, it was the home side that got us underway for our final test before the title showdown.

Inside the opening seven minutes of the encounter, Church ought to be ahead with golden opportunities not being taken. A couple of efforts forcing the keeper into action, another couple going wide of the post and even hitting the frame of the goal.

But, their patience was eventually rewarded and the scoring commenced.

On 19 minutes, the return of captain Christopher was making a huge difference with her picking up little pockets of space and using her creative skills to find a way through. On this occasion, she did it by herself and who could blame her? From 30 yards out, she rifled a bullet into the roof of the net to give us the lead.

When i said the scoring had commenced... the gates were being flooded...

A minute later, and Church were in true control as they doubled their tally. A sensational weighted-pass by Christopher, who turned provider this time, allowed Imogen Butler to ghost in behind and slot home with ease.

Three goals in three minutes! A superb backheel pass from Alisha Sheridan was delicately placed for Butler, who took a touch inside before firing hard and low into the far corner to double her money.

With conditions becoming extreme, we had our first water break of the afternoon.

One minute after the water break, and Davis' side made it four-nil. Sheridan received the ball out wide before coming inside and curled home a beauty.

Number five was just around the corner. On the half hour mark, Church continued to hunt for a fifth. Having been on the pitch for two minutes, the introduction of Leedham paid dividends as she nipped in to win the ball back on the edge of the area before driving into the box and unleashing a venomous effort into the back of the net.

We still had time for two more before the whistle came calling.

Two minutes after Leedham's thunderbolt, it was six. Erin Jordan spread the ball out wide to the goalscorer for number five, Leedham, before she used her pace to get to the byline and chip a fantastic cross into the six-yard area for Molly Hicks to finish off with her head.

Five minutes before the break, and this was becoming one of Church' greatest afternoons.

Leedham and Wallace worked a short corner routine. The latter then swung in a superb delivery to the far post in which Christopher managed to find the room to easily nod the ball over the line and that was SEVEN before the interval had arrived.

HALF-TIME: SEDGLEY 0-7 ALVECHURCH

At the break, Davis reiterated for his side not to become too comfortable and keep bringing the entertainment.

He got it just two minutes into the second period as Shepherdson added her name to the scoresheet. It seemed as though everyone wanted one in the bag on Sunday afternoon. Butler worked a brilliant opening as she skipped past two challenges before setting the ball back for Shepherdson in the middle, who opened her body up and the ball sailed into the far corner.

Running out of words...

Another three goals in three minutes to make it eleven in Dudley.

On 59 minutes, an excellent ball into the box was met with a sweeping finish from Sheridan. A minute later, and Sheridan was in the mood for more. A great pass by Shepherdson fell invitingly into the path of her feet. She moved the ball out of her feet before slotting home. TEN!

Eleven came just another minute later as Christopher fed the ball to Leedham, who drove down the side and clipped another beauty into the area for Hicks to meet and slam home with her head again. After our second water break of the day, Hicks scored again to equal Church' biggest win of the season.

The away side were keen to break that record and make sure they ensured their biggest winning margin of the campaign. The hosts attempted to play out from the back, got it horribly wrong and in the right place at the right time was Sheridan to intercept. She then composed herself, rounded the goalkeeper and slotted into the empty net to set a new record for Church this year and claim all three points.

FULL-TIME: SEDGLEY 0-13 ALVECHURCH

A truly devastating performance from Alvechurch, who didn't let up. A word for Sedgley though, who are a credit to themselves for showing some huge character to keep working hard and battle throughout the 90 minutes. Those girls are a credit to the football club and they go with our best wishes for the future.

Now for Alvechurch, it's all about NEXT WEEKEND.

Win. And they will be crowned Champions of the WMWRL Division One South.

Can they inflict the heaviest of blows to Redditch Borough's title chase or will they spice up the title race?

We shall see...

See you next weekend for the title showdown!

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