The FA and club happy with the win over the Ukraine
The England Women’s team took to the Greenhous Meadow pitch once again on Thursday night to play Ukraine in their latest World Cup Qualifier.
Ahead of the game the talk was that it would be the Lionesses toughest test so far as they look to qualify for Canada 2015, but in the end England ran out comfortable 4-0 winners.
Two goals apiece for Natasha Dowie and Eniola Aluko kept up England’s flawless qualifying campaign and an important save late on from Siobhan Chamberlain saw another confidence boosting clean sheet.
After the game England manager Mark Sampson spoke to the assembled press and was full of praise for Shrewsbury Town and the fans:”It’s great to bring our England games to different arenas and stadiums like Shrewsbury Town. It was a fantastic pitch and the club looked after us really well. Every time we come to Shrewsbury, we seem to win our matches, so it’s an enjoyable place to come.
“The supporters were brilliant again tonight at Shrewsbury and really showed that English women’s football is on a high at the moment. We were happy with the numbers in the crowd – especially when we woke up and saw the weather on Thursday morning.
“The supporters really got behind the team and there was a real carnival atmosphere, and the players certainly fed off that. It inspired us on to the win.”
Shrewsbury Town secretary Jayne Bebb was part of the club team which helped to stage the game. On the night the behind the scenes organisation had run well and with the game shown live on BBC2 and around the world it allowed a whole new audience to see the Greenhous Meadow:”It was once again an honour to host the England team and it was great to see such an emphatic victory for the team.
“Its fourth time the women’s side have played here and all their games have ended in victories; hopefully we are proving to be one of their lucky stadiums.
“After the game the FA praised all those at the club about the way the event was run and expressed their hopes to be able to play here again in the future.”