Walsall Ladies defeated Pelsall Villa Colts in a local derby on Sunday 8th September winning their second game on the bounce with a well-deserved 4-2 victory.
In the early stages, the Saddlers were managing to create numerous opportunities, however the Pelsall Villa defence and goalkeeper were able to see out this danger before becoming more settled into the game. With many near misses early on, Walsall Ladies might have thought it was going to be one of those days in front of goal.
However, shortly after this the Saddlers made the breakthrough. Striker Kelly Fowell, a hat-trick hero from the 13-0 win last time out, kept her cool after some great build up play from herself Francesca Roelake and Sophie Ball before striking past the keeper to open the scoring.
With the Saddlers now in the lead, the team started to find their feet in the game as they continued to pile the pressure on the Pelsall Villa backline and it wasn’t long before the Ladies extended their lead; Fowell again driving through to score her second goal of the game and her sixth goal of the season.
The second half began with manager Jason Barrowlough making some substitutions, with Vicky Welton and Roxie Dodds making way for Molly McKinlay and Holly Cullen.
The Saddlers continued their pursuit of more goals in the game and during the early stages of the second half they got their just rewards with Fowell finding the back of the net to secure herself another hat-trick following her four goals last time out to make it 0-3 to the Ladies.
With the Saddlers in total control at this stage, it looked like the three points were coming back to Dales Lane with the team however shortly after the hosts created an opportunity for themselves and converted to make it 1-3.
This goal turned out to be a big turning point as it was now the hosts who were looking to make a miraculous comeback in the game and despite scoring another goal mid-way through the second half, Bethany James got herself on the scoresheet to make it 2-4; her fourth goal in two games, and all but seal the points for the Saddlers.
With 10 minutes to go, Walsall Ladies captain Samantha Roden suffered an injury as she hit the deck hard following her heels accidentally being clipped. Roden was therefore taken off and later on was in hospital where it was confirmed that she had suffered a broken collarbone.
That was the last of the action as the Saddlers saw out the final minutes to win 2-4 and continue their impressive start to the 2019/20 Season.