Stone Dominoes season starts with a brace of wins

Ladies first team in their training jackets sponsored by Meaford Day Nurseries in Stone.
Ladies first team in their training jackets sponsored by Meaford Day Nurseries in Stone.

West Midland Regional Women’s League

Stone Dominoes 5 – Bilbrook Ladies 1

STARTING LINE UP: Perry, Woodings (Kelsall 55), Arnold, Mason, Elliot, Price (Ward 45), Kendrick, Haynes, Prime, Perry (McCourt 55), Bennion (Bennett 55)

GOAL TIMES: Prime 26 and 83, Kendrick 37, Bennett 64 and 72

This was the Dominoes first league game after being promoted last season. The ladies went into the game confident after a decent FA cup win last week and soon began to pile pressure on the Bilbrook defence. Chances fell to strikers Mollie Prime and Hannah Perry but nothing troubled to keeper. Prime managed to net her first goal of the game after a long range effort from the left wing looped over the keeper. Stone were confident in their passing and were frustrating Bilbrook with the possession play the home team were playing. Wingers Lydia Bennion and Mollie Prime were on form, beating players and cutting inside. Centre Midfield worked well with the midfield three of Siobhan Haynes, Nat Price and Julia Kendrick, keeping short sharp passes then passing out to the wings. From one of these spells of possession Kendrick had a long range shot and looked like it was heading in, however the Bilbrook keeper managed to tip it over the bar for a corner. From the Lydia Bennion corner the goal keeper fumbled the ball out to the feet of Kendrick to make the score 2-0. Half time 2-0.

Second half saw Nat Price make way for Lauren Ward who made a big impact on the game, her determination in the centre gave the team a boost and with other substitutes Kerry McCourt and Tammi Bennett linking up, Bennet was on for her first goal after beating the defence for pace and calmly netting Stones third goal. Soon after a very similar opportunity arised for Bennett who again made no mistake in finding the back of the net for her second and making it 4-0 to the home side. Mollie Prime rounded up the scoring with another goal slotting the ball under the keeper making it 5-0. Bilbrook got a consolation goal after the defence failed to clear their lines after a Bilbrook corner, on the whole the Dominoes defence looked solid.

After all substitutes making a big impact on the game, it will prove difficult for manager Ash Thompson to pick a starting 11 for next week’s FA cup game against Wyrley Ladies FC. Stone have proved they are capable of competing in this higher league so the club are looking forward to the season.Player of the match – Goal Keeper Charlotte Perry who had a quality game.

Shropshire County Girls League

Stone Dominoes U16 Girls 5 – 3 Albrighton U16 Girls

Brilliant win to set the girls off for the first game of the season in the Shropshire County Girls League. It was a very slow start for the girls after a long break and were very much chasing the game as Albrighton scored first. However, last season’s top goal scorer Chloe Luty managed to bag the first goal for Stone. It was a very close game throughout with Abrighton taking the lead three times. Fitness proved the winner for Stone as the last 15 minutes saw Chloe Luty and Alex Walker net twice each making the final score 5-3. Superb team effort from every player on the pitch, including Rachel Humphreys in goal who pulled off some world class saves to confirm all three points for the Dominoes. Player of the match was Chloe Luty after bagging her hattrick.