Chorltonian Ladies played out their final home game in their current entity going down in a thrilling game 7-2 against a rampant Warrington Wolverines side.
Following the weekends 8-0 thrashing away to FC United Chorlts were able to welcome back Debbie Price, Aisha Yallop, Jami Hodges and Jordanna Shaw back into the squad but were still without Jo Malcomson and Lyndsey Turner in addition to the absences of Leanne Joyce and Elizabeth Livesey as the home side were forced into another reshuffle. Chorlts got off to the worst possible start as Sarah Cuthbert was forced out of the game seconds after the kick off as she came off the worse in the collision and was later hospitalised with suspected knee ligament damage.
However Chorlts rallied and took a fifth minute lead with a superb strike from Aisha Yallop as she capitalised on an errant header and did superbly to adjust her body and fire a first time effort beyond Warrington goalkeeper Kim Griffiths from 30 yards. Two minutes later it was almost 2-0 as a superb cross picked out Ellie Caddick at the far post and her volleyed dipped agonisingly wide of the left hand post.
Warrington took full advantage of the let off as Sam Hassall headed home unmarked from a corner after 11 minutes to draw the Wolverines level. Warrington almost doubled their lead from another corner four minutes later when Captain Helen Dobson headed over, again unmarked, at the near post.
The visitors, after their slow start, began to take control of the game and their pressure was rewarded on 17 minutes when a Nic Chatterley shot from the edge of the area was too hard for Chorlts Nat Callaghan to push over the bar giving Warrington the reward for their rapid comeback.
Chorlts responded, and almost levelled when a Caddick free kick found Shauna Edmondson at the far post whose pull back found Debbie Price but her low effort was unluckily deflected straight into the keeper’s hands. Three minutes later superb pressure from Shaw was almost rewarded as she harried Griffiths in the Warrington goal blocking her clearance but slipped in the sandy penalty area before she could tap into an empty net. Moments later a superb through ball from Edmondson split the Warrington defence releasing Hodges one-on-one but the Warrington keeper did well to clear her lines.
On 28 minutes it was 3-1 as another corner was swung in, this time from the left, and turned into her own net by substitute Ellie Taylor with Wendy Booth waiting to pounce behind her. Booth wouldn’t be denied her goal, as she made it three in three against Chorlts, heading home from another corner two minutes later to hand Wolverines a commanding 4-1 lead. It was almost five a minute later as Dickenson turned a low bouncing effort round the post after another cross from Chatterley on the right.
Chatterley added her second goal as she fired a rocket of an effort inside the right hand post from a free kick at the edge of the area on the stroke of half time to give the score-line an emphatic look.
Like their previous two games, Chorlts didn’t use the half time score-line as an excuse to surrender and the second half was five minutes old when a Chorlts free kick was flicked on by Edmondson into the path of Shaw who fired wide through on goal. Two minutes later the Warrington lead was extended as Amy Friel surrendered possession at the edge of her own penalty area under pressure from Emma who did superbly to curl her effort beyond Callaghan off the inside of the right hand post to make it six.
Still Chorlts refused to give in as a corner was cleared only as far as Price at the edge of the area only see her rocket of an effort tipped onto the inside of the post by Griffiths before it was cleared off the line. Moments later Yallop was put through but she couldn’t strike the ball cleanly with the rebound falling only as far as Edmondson as she saw her low effort blocked on the line. The game was now end to end and Warrington should have made it seven Hassall broke the offside trap but she put her effort wide of the post one-on-one.
Chorlts continue to push forward in search of a goal and as Shaw forced another block from an overhead kick from Caddick’s corner before Edmondson fired over the rebound. Shaw followed that up hitting the post as a cutting through ball from Price released her one-on-one, robbing the keeper of the ball but could only watch as it struck the foot of the post. At the other end Warrington themselves had several chances to further extend their lead but they couldn’t trouble Callaghan in goal.
Chorlts deservedly pulled a goal back on 69 minutes when a superb cross from Edmondson from the right found Shaw at the far post and she headed beyond Griffiths.
However, not content with the three points Warrington also wanted a say in the goal of the match and with virtually the last kick of the match Hassall made it seven with a superb 30 yard effort into the top corner.
Elsewhere Stockport County Blues defeated Northwich Vixens 2-0 to lift themselves aboce Chorlts into 8th. The final game for Chorlts sees them travel to bottom club Liverpool City Ladies Community at Admiral Park on Sunday as they look to end an era with a win.
For Warrington, they play out a hectic final week of the season with three games remaining knowing only three wins and a 39 goal swing can lift them above FC United into second place.
Chorltonian Ladies: Callaghan, Price, McTague, Friel, Windle, Caddick, Edmondson, Cuthbert, Yallop, Hodges, Shaw. Subs: Taylor, Dobie.
Goalscorers: Yallop, Shaw.
Warrington Wolverines: Griffiths, Heap, Parkinson, Booth, Dobson, Sheldan, Ayrton, Unsworth, Hassall, Dickenson, Chatterely. Subs: Sophie Cowle, Laura Faux, Becky Lee.
Goalscorers: Sam Hassall (2), Nic Chatterley (2), Wendy Booth, Emma Ayrton, Own Goal.