3-1 win over Bradwell gives Town great start to seasonBradwell Belles Ladies 1-3 Shrewsbury Town Ladies
Town Line-up- Beth Cleveley, Sophie Brown, Aimee Cox, Rhian Townsend, Beth Francis, Charlotte Sewell, Penny Owen ©, Daisy Bradshaw, Kim Winton, Tania Prior, Natalie Turner
Subs- Tilly Shuker
Goals- Tania Prior, Charlotte Sewell, Daisy Bradshaw
Town ladies kicked off their season with a dominant display at Bradwell Belles to earn themselves a good 3 points. Town started the day missing a few key players. There were league debuts for a lot of the new signings with Manager Sean Evans having to select from 12 available players.
The ladies started the game with a fantastic tempo. Dominating large parts of the pitch. Town should have taken the lead early on when the ball was worked down the left between Winton and Turner, eventually reaching Daisy Bradshaw who blazed the ball over the bar. Town were looking strong across the back with debutant goalkeeper Beth Cleveley having a quiet start to the game. Chances were coming thick and fast for the Town but again the goal would not come. Strikers Turner and Prior had chances but the Bradwell keeper was equal to them. Town heads were not dropping as they continued to play lovely football and creating chances. The deadlock was almost broken on the half time whistle when some great work down the right by Brown and Sewell found Bradshaw who cracked a left foot rocket which cannoned off the crossbar and away for a goal kick. Half time whistle came and Town could find themselves very unfortunate to not be ahead.
Second half kicked off with Town looking to continue the same tempo and efforts from the first half. After 52 minutes their efforts were rewarded with the opening goal of the game, Tania Prior latched onto some slack defending to finish low under the Bradwell keeper to give Town a deserved 1-0 lead. Bradwell were starting to come into the game a bit more with the number 7 forcing Beth into a full length dive to tip it wide for a corner. Not long after the corner Town counter attacked and finished it off with the second goal of the game. Charlotte Sewell drove down the right, giving the left back a torrid time, and drove a cross in that evaded everyone including the keeper and nestled in the back of the net. A deserved goal for Sewell. With the game nearing its conclusion fatigue started to take its toll on the players with the game turning scrappy. Evans made a change by bringing on Tilly Shuker to help see out the game for Kim Winton. Bradwell got a late consolation from a corner but that wasn’t to disappoint the Town for too long as they went on to complete the scoring and secure the points. After some hard work from Daisy Bradshaw, evading 2 challenges she drove into the box and slotted the ball past the keeper. No more than what the team deserved after an excellent display. The final whistle blew and it was job done by the ladies.
Manager Sean Evans was delighted with the victory. “I felt over the 90 minutes we were strong all over the pitch and thoroughly deserved the win. You start to think that maybe it wasn’t to be your day when chances don’t go in, but fair play to the team as they stayed patient and continued to press for the goal. I was delighted for them all. It’s the start of a long season but it’s the perfect start for us”.
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