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First Defeat For Ladies

17 February 2015

Shrewsbury Town 0-2 Stone Dominoes

SUBS: R. Owen, Minshall, J. Brown, Winton.

: Cleveley, Francis, Broome, Arrowsmith, Townsend, Hicks, P. Owen (c), Bradshaw, Sewell, Prior, Turner. SHREWSBURY TOWN TEAM

"I'm almost certain the team will learn from this and come back stronger. Every game now is a big game for us, a challenge that we are up for."

"The league title is still up for grabs and we will keep fighting to the very end of the season.

"Currently we are top on 39 points with ten games to go. That shows the progress the team has made, and they should be proud of that.

"We finished 8th last season in the league, ending on 27 points.

"For me personally, even though the result is dissapointing, I'm very happy with how the season is going.

"We must pick ourselves up and go again next week when we travel to Wyrley.

"The defeat hurts us all but now the most important thing to do is to not dwell on this.

"The second one was a fantastic strike, even though I didn't think it should of been a free-kick as I thought Tash had won the ball.

"The first goal was poor to concede as we failed to clear our lines.

"If the effort that hit the bar first half went in it could have been a different story for us.

"Credit to Stone as they deserved the win. From our point of view we let ourselves down on basic detail such as keeping the ball or looking for the correct pass.

"Im very dissapointed but so are the players," said Evans.

Ladies Manager Sean Evans was disapointed with the performance but maintained a positive outlook.

Town look to get back on track with a trip to Wyrley on Sunday.

Stones' win moves them three points behind Town, who still top the table.

The final whistle came and it was a massively disapointing day for the home side who never really got into the game.

After a dubious decision to award a free-kick against Broome on the edge of the box, from the resulting free kick the ball rocketed into the top corner. It was a huge blow for Town.

With ten minutes remaining, the an important second goal came for the away side which ended any chance for the home side.

Town looked shellshocked by the goal and failed to get into the game with Stone really taking the game to the home side.

Town failed to clear the ball away, and the ball was headed over Town keeper Cleveley to make it 1-0 to Stone.

It was a very tight game but it was the away side that finally broke the deadlock after 55 minutes.

The second half kicked-off with Town looking to get a foothold in the game.

It was the home side that almost broke the deadlock right on the half-time whistle. A Penny Owen corner was met by the head of Tash Broome who's header crashed off the bar.

As the first half wore on, Town got more into the game with both Tania Prior and Daisy Bradshaw almost finding their way through the Stone defence.

Stone were working to unlock the Town team but they stood firm, keeping their shape and restricting the opposition to long-range efforts.

The first half was a very cagey affair from a Town point of view. Stone started well and got on top of Town very early on.

Town welcomed Rhian Townsend back into thew starting 11, with Town ladies manager Sean Evans sticking with the favoured 3-5-2 formation that has worked well over the season.

And it was also the battle of the two top scorers in the league with Stone's Mollie Prime and Town's Natalie Turner going head to head.

Both teams came into the game occupying the top two of the Staffordshire County Womens League after strong campaigns.

Shrewsbury Town Ladies' proud 100 per cent league record came to an end on Sunday after they slipped to a narrow defeat at home to second-placed Stone Dominoes.

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