NEWLY promoted Stafford Ladies HC thirds were on the receiving end of a 5-1 score-line, on day one of the new Staffordshire Women’s league season.
It was a baptism of fire for Stafford. Not only did they have to contend with unusually warm conditions, they faced a very experienced Wolves and Tettenhall seconds.
Wolves were soon on top, playing a physical game against a somewhat inexperi- enced Stafford team. WATs netted two early goals, both scored by unmarked players at the back post.
Is was not long before theys increased the lead, but Stafford, always playing on the counter, regrouped and found a more cutting edge.
Leah Simmil’s superb pass found Amy Harwood, a full-back deployed as an emer- gency striker, and she col- lected the ball and ran to the bye-line.
Harwood pulled the ball back to the edge of the D for Simmil to fire home an unstoppable shot. Just before the interval, Wolves made it 4- 1.
Stafford gave a better defensive performance in the sec- ond half, but still conceded a fifth.
This Saturday, Stafford visit Bloxwich seconds.