West Midland Regional Women’s League – Division One North
Shrewsbury Town 1 – Stone Dominoes Ladies 1
Stone travelled to rivals Shrewsbury Town Ladies in the West Midland Regional Division one North. Shrewsbury also were promoted along with the Dominoes after they finished runners up to the champions Stone last season. Stone Dominoes were glad to see a return for defenders Lisa Elliott and Bethan Woodings after a couple of weeks out with injuries.
Stone started from kick off and after pressing from the front, Lydia Bennion on the left wing fired home within 30seconds to score and take the Dominoes into the lead. Stone continued to pile the pressure on and with short sharp passing, Shrewsbury were left chasing the ball down whilst Stone dominated possession all over the pitch and winning every ball. Stone, who are dangerous in the air on set pieces, were awarded a corner.
Kerry McCourt stepped up and floated a ball in for Hayley Mason to connect with, however nothing that troubled the Shrewsbury Town keeper. After a change in formation from the Shrewsbury manager, they became more involved in the game. Both teams began creating chances, the ball fell to central defender Beck Arnold and on the half way line she was able to control and launch a strike towards the Town goal. The keeper managed a catch stopping what would have been a formidable goal from the centre half.
With roll on and off subs allowed midfielders Jules Kendrick and Lydia Bennion made way for Nat Price and Tammi Bennett on the half hour mark. Strikers Hannah Perry and Mollie Prime coming close after breaking through the defence on a couple of occasions. Mollie Prime having a quieter than usual game as she was heavily marked, which gave Hannah Perry chance to get in between the other defenders and cause trouble. Prime still managed to break free from the central defender who certainly didn’t hold back on challenges. The game became more equal with chances from both teams. Half time 0-1 to the Dominoes.
After the break both teams stepped up a gear, Shrewsbury were looking for the equaliser but Stone were also looking to extend their lead. Both teams had chances to take this however for the 20minutes after the break, both teams struggled to hit the target. The Shrewsbury wingers had no luck as Simone Kelsall and Lisa Elliott both were on form and letting nothing pass them.
Goalscorer Lydia Bennion and midfielder Jules Kendrick retuned to the pitch and off came Kerry McCourt who again put in a massive effort, and Lauren Ward who had also worked hard in the middle of the park. Stone were tired but kept digging in. Shrewsbury piled the pressure on the Dominoes and their striker was through on goal slotting it under Charlotte Perry to give Town the equaliser. Becky Arnold who was carrying a knock from earlier in the game, came off with 20minutes to go to give way for Bethan Woodings.
For the last 10minutes Shrewsbury continued to battle however Stone remained strong as a team and kept hitting Town on the break, Tammi Bennett working well down the right wing came close to scoring however the Shrewsbury keeper pulled off a decent save. More last minute chances came for both teams however the final score was 1-1.
Shrewsbury picked defender Simone Kelsall for player of the match which was truly deserved. Playing in the left back position Kelsall not only played well on the defensive part of the game, but also helped the attack when going forward.
Just to add to this – we are drawn against Kettering Town on Sunday 10th October in the 3rd round of the FA Cup 2pm Kickoff at Stone Dominoes FC