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LADIES: Town 3-1 Lichfield

18 May 2015

Evans' Side Just One Win From Promotion

SUBS: J. Brown, S. Brown.

SHRESBURY TOWN LADIES LINE-UP: Cleveley, Francis, Broome, Winton, Sewell, Owen (c), Bradshaw, Arrowsmith, Hicks, Turner, Prior.

"Everyone has worked so hard over the season and deserves the success, but before all that we have to do our job first and that is to beat Wyrley. This could be the start of a very exciting future for Town Ladies."

"To secure what we have all set out to do at the start of the season would be a very proud moment for myself, the coaches and for the ladies.

"We know what we need to do now," said Evans.

And Evans admits it's an exciting time for the team.

Town now go into next week's game knowing that a win would secure the runners-up spot and promotion to the West Midlands League 1.

"As Ive already said, I'm pleased with the effort they showed, but even more delighted with the win".

"Once that went in we settled a bit so it made the half-time talk a bit easier.

"The goals we did score came from well-worked moves. The first goal was for me a big relief as we started to get frustrated and comnplacent.

"We have a lot of tired bodies out there with a few carrying injuries. I was pleased with the effort everyone gave today.

"It was a difficult game, a very scrappy game on a tight pitch. We didnt really hit the heights that we know we can but at this stage of the season it is all about three points.

Town manager Sean Evans was pleased to pick up the win and said afterwards: "I think overall we deserved the win, even though we didnt play great.

Town play their final game of the season next week, with Wyrley visiting London Road. A massive game for the ladies, all support is welcome.

Lichfield grabbed themselves a late consolation but it was too little too late as Town held onto to claim three precious points.

Town grabbed themselves a third goal. After superb play by Prior on the right hand side, the ball was whipped in which met the head of Charlotte Sewell, past the dive of the keeper and into the bottom corner.

With a couple of players struggling with injury, Town boss Sean Evans made a couple of changes, reverting to 3-5-2 with Jess Brown and Sophie Brown coming on for Winton and Turner.

The second half was a quiet affair with a lot of the play being across the centre of the pitch.

Owen stepped up and drilled home her's and Town's second of the game.

Very shortly afterwards, Town doubled their lead from the penalty spot after a fould on Nat Turner in the box.

After great build-up play, Owen was put through on goal and knocked it past the 'keeper and into the net to the relief of  everyone.

With the clock ticking down to half-time, Town took the lead with captain Penny Owen taking the chance.

Lichfield were starting to threathen the backline of Town but the impressive Tash Broome and Beth Francis stood firm.

Town were beginning to get frustrated and their normal passing game was affected by this. Passes were going astray with the final ball letting them down.

Lichfield were holding firm and frustrating Town in their pursuit of the first goal.

Arrowsmith and Winton were linking up well down the left side of the pitch, trying to break through the Lichfield backline.

Town kicked-off the match, looking to start on the front foot. With the regular home pitch out of action, the replacement was a little on the small side and both teams struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.

The challenge was simple: Town needed to win both of their remaining games to secure 2nd spot and seal a place in the West Midlands League.

Town went into the match after a fantastic 8-1 win at Leek the following week.

Shrewsbury Town Ladies welcomed Lichfield City to London Road for the penultimate match of the Staffordshire County League on Sunday.

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