Wolverhampton Wanderers 7 - 0 Solihull Moors Ladies
By Matt Roberts
"Moors suffer second heavy defeat of the season."
Solihull were unlucky not to salvage anything from the game after a 7-0 defeat to Wolverhampton Women meant that the Moors sit at bottom of the table on 0 points and -13 goal difference.
The game got off to a lively start after goalkeeper Sam Abbott was judged to have handled the ball outside the area. The referee didn’t hand out a card for the incident but Moors were almost made to pay when Anna Morphet smashed her free-kick against the crossbar.
Sarah Westwood’s side showed good resilience to keep themselves in the contest early on, spraying the ball around to relieve pressure on the defence. Sam Abbott pulled off a great stop in the seventh minute after Wolves wriggled themselves some room down the flank, crossing the ball into Walker whose shot was tipped onto the post.
With the pressure mounting on Solihull’s goal, a combination of strong goalkeeping and solid defending, particularly from corners, ensured Wolves weren’t allowed to take an early lead. However, they did eventually break the deadlock after 30 minutes when a long-range shot by Widdal looped over Abbott’s head. An unlucky moment for the Moors ‘keeper on an otherwise impressive afternoon in between the sticks.
There was nothing to be done about Morphett’s 37th minute free-kick on the edge of the box, sending Solihull 2-0 down into the half-time interval.
Sadly for Solihull, the game continued in a similar fashion for the second forty-five when a great piece of individual play by Williams saw her lobbed shot hit the post and land rather fortuitously into the feet of Haynes for the rebound.
Wolves got their fourth from a corner in the 51st minute to assert their dominance and frustrate Westwood’s side for all their hard work.
Despite a regimented shape in the first-half, with more frustration and disappointment came more holes and Wolves were on hand to carve out a further three goals. It marked a tough ninety minutes at Bilston Town for Solihull but like last week there were plenty of positives to be made for the long season ahead.