REPORT: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Blues Women 2
Birmingham City Women capped off their season in style with a comfortable 2-0 win over Yeovil Town Ladies.
Charlie Wellings scored a brace in the last game of the campaign to secure Blues fourth place in the league, bettering their points tally and position on last season.
Sarah Mayling, who has committed her future to the Club, replaced Harriet Scott in defence as the only change from the side who beat Liverpool at St. Andrew’s two weeks ago.
On loan forward Claudia Walker made the final start of her spell here at Blues and was influential from the start.
After a cagey opening 10 minutes, with both teams settling into a rhythm for the final time this season, Blues had the first chance to test Megan Walsh.
Hannah Hampton launched the ball down the field to Lucy Staniforth, on a high from her recent England selection, who brought it down expertly. Megan Alexander looking to take the midfielder down in the box, but it was adjudged as a free kick. Hayley Ladd stepped up and swung in the delivery, which was met by Kerys Harrop. The captain’s header testing Walsh for the first time.
Blues began to grow into the game, with more opportunities coming their way as it was one way traffic against the Yeovil defence.
This time, Meaghan Sargeant sent a lofted ball over the top of the opposition back line, with Ellen White pouncing. Taking it on the bounce, she scooped it up into the air but her effort flew over the bar.
Blues should have taken the lead in the 56th minute when Charlie Wellings squared a lovely path across the six yard box into the feet of Walker. She looked as if she was going to poke it home, but the ball beat the goalkeeper and the post.
Marta Tejedor’s side finally broke the deadlock three minutes later when Walker played in Wellings, who beat the offside trap. The striker took the ball in her stride and smashed it into the bottom left corner.
Wellings doubled her personaly tally and Blues’ soon after with a goal that was the carbon copy of her first. She found herself in space down the right and fired a side footed effort into the same corner.
Blues went looking for a third, with efforts from Staniforth and White, but couldn't beat Walsh between the sticks.
The win secured Blues' fourth placed finish as Chelsea Women beat Reading Women 3-2 at Adams Park.
Yeovil: Megan Walsh, Megan Alexander, Nicola Cousins, Olivia Fergusson, Annie Heatherson (Charlotte Buxton 75’), Ellie Mason, Georgia Evans, Monique Fischer (Emily Donovan 64’), Bonnie Horwood, Rachel Mclauchlan, Erin Bloomfield (Emily Syme 56’).
Substitutes (not used): Amy Goddard, Amber Gaylor, Beth Howard, Charlie Taylor.
Blues: Hannah Hampton, Kerys Harrop, Aoife Mannion, Meaghan Sargeant, Sarah Mayling, Hayley Ladd, Chloe Arthur (Shania Hayles 86'), Lucy Staniforth, Claudia Walker (Emma Follis 75’), Ellen White, Charlie Wellings (Connie Scofield 86').
Substitutes (not used): Alex Brooks, Harriet Scott, Lucy Quinn, Paige Williams.
Goals: Wellings 59’, 64’