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LADIES: Wyrley 1-6 Town

24 February 2015

Evans' Side Return To Winning Ways

SHREWSBURY TOWN LINE-UP: Cleveley, Cox, Broome (c), Winton, Hicks, S. Brown, Bradshaw, Shuker, Prior, Turner.

"I hope to bring in a new player this week to keep us going until the end of the season, so we will be in good shape ready for next week."

"We now go to Stoke in fine fettle and hopefully with players returning to action.

"But all three did really well. It was a good response from the team after last weekends defeat.

"We had probably seven fully match fit players today. Aimee Cox is struggling with an ankle problem and shouln't really have played, and both Tilly Shuker and Sophie Brown have not had much game time.

"All I asked for was the players to work hard as a team and go at them, they did that and more, they smashed through a brick wall for the team.

"To lose some of our most influential players before kick-off wasnt ideal, but the team showed fantastic determination and character to get the win, and to score six goals with only 10 players was brilliant.

Town Ladies Manager Sean Evans said after the game: "With the problems we faced pre-match, this is an excellent win for us.

Town continue their promotion charge with a trip to Stoke Town ladies next Sunday.

With the pre-match preparations not being ideal, this was a fantastic victory for the team and could prove to be a big win come the end of the season.

Town completed the scoring on 85 minutes with Daisy Bradshaw superbly finishing off a good Town move to make it 6-1, and giving Town a big three points.

The ball fell to Kim on the edge of the six-yard box and she hammered the ball low under the keeper into the bottom left hand corner.

After an excellent performance in the centre of midfield by Kim Winton, she grabbed herself a deserved goal to make it five.

On the hour mark Town made it 4-1, and it was Turner again with a fantastic finish into the top corner, taking her tally for the season to 20 goals.

As the rain came down, pitch conditions were getting tough for the teams.

In the second half, Town were playing uphill and looking to consolidate the 3-1 advantage.

It was top scorer Nat Turner's turn to get on the scoresheet just before half-tim. After winning the one-on-one battle with the keeper, Turner slotted the ball into the bottom right hand corner, making it 3-1 to Town.

Wyrley tried in vain to get back into the game, but the 10 players of Town held firm and continued to dominate the game.

Town grew more and more into the game and got a second goal shortly after when Prior grabbed her second of the game, finishing well under the keeper.

Evans then switched formation to a more attacking 3-4-2, moving Turner up to partner Prior.

After good play in midfield by Turner and Winton, the latter sent Prior away on goal and rifled the ball past the keeper.

As the half wore on, Town found their equaliser, and it came from Portuguese striker Tania Prior.

It was a goal from nowhere as Town had been in control of the opening proceedings.

It was the home side who took the lead after sloppy play from Town on the right hand side found the Wyrley forward who knocked the ball past keeper Beth Cleveley and into an empty net.

With many of the league fixtures falling foul to the weather, Town's game survived the downpour but pitch conditions were not great for both sides.

Manager Sean Evans opted for a 4-4-1 formation to start the game - not the ideal preparation for the team who were looking to get back on track after last weekend's defeat at home to Stone Dominoes.

With Penny Owen absent owing to a back problem, Tash Broome captained the side. Tilly Shuker and Sophie Brown came in for the injured Caitlin Arrowsmith and Charl Sewell who was ill.

Before the game, several key players were missing due to illness and injury, meaning Town would start the game with only 10 players.

Shrewsbury Town Ladies got back to winning ways with a comprehensive win at Wyrley on Sunday.

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