Match Report by Katie Hatton
A Kim Cartlidge goal was not enough, as Port Vale Ladies suffered a 4-1 defeat at home to Shrewsbury Town Women.
Port Vale Ladies went into the game looking to build on a good away performance last time out against Wyrley. However, this was not to be the case as the visitors Shrewsbury Town Women brushed the Vale aside in the dominate performance.
The initial stages of the match were tentative as both sides battled to gain a control of the possession. It was the hosts who had the first real chance of the game. A Vale corner was swung into the box and created some problems for the away side, but Shrewsbury were able to clear the ball away from danger. Next, it was Shrewsbury’s turn to test the Vales defence, with a 13th minute free kick striking the post.
Despite the opportunity for Shrewsbury, Vale did not let this affect their stride as Gina Wilkie in the midfield laid off passes to the forward players to try and kick start an attack. Vale’s pressure saw, Meg Baldwin gain a yard of space in the box to strike a shot goalwards from a difficult angle, but her shot was safely caught by the Shrewsbury goalkeeper.
The away side took the lead on the 25th minute as a free kick struck the bar and fell back into play in the box, it was the Shrewsbury players who reacted quickest as they managed to prod the ball goalwards to give the visitors the lead.
Despite going a goal down, the Vale did not let their heads drop and went on search for the equaliser. Kim Cartlidge then brought the sides back on level terms, following a pass from the midfield Cartlidge broke away from the Shrewsbury defenders and found herself in space before calmly putting the ball in the bottom right hand corner.
The teams finished the first half and went into the break with a goal a piece.
Shrewsbury started strong and were able to take the lead early on in the second half from a clever kick from their keeper’ to play through the away sides forward player.
Two soon became three as minutes later visitors scored again to turn their lead to 3-1 and put the game out of reach for the Vale.
Despite falling two goals behind the Vale kept pushing on with Meg Baldwin nearly getting a goal back for the hosts, with her effort sailing just wide of the Shrewsbury goal.
Shrewsbury added their fourth goal of the afternoon in the 75th minute. It could have got worse for the Vale but, Paige Williams was on hand to stop Shrewsbury breaking away and adding a 5th. The final whistle went to signal the end of the match, giving the away side all 3 points after a 4-1 win.
The Vale Ladies will now look towards their next game of the campaign on 10th November when they they travel to Solihull Sporting in the search for their first win of the campaign.