Fleetwood Town’s Wrens Ladies finished off their schedule for the calendar year on Sunday afternoon as both the Reserves and Development Squad came away with positive results from their games.
Starting the weekend report with the Reserves, who had to trek over to Cumbria to face Penrith AFC Ladies, who currently sit in third place in the league, meaning it was always going to be a tough game for the Ladies.
It was an even start to the clash, with both sides looking to attack from the off, but it was the hosts who managed to break the deadlock on the day meaning it was all for Fleetwood to do. This almost worked in Town’s favour though as it spurred them on to push forwards with forward Ruby Farrell bringing the score back to level terms soon after.
This scenario repeated itself later in the game as Town found themselves a goal down once again, but yet another brilliant response meant it would be brought back to 2-2 as Farrell completed her brace, putting her on a hat-trick as the sides headed in for half-time.
With eight minutes to go, Penrith managed to convert one of their chances to get the winner, or so they thought as Fleetwood again fought back and, right at the end, it was Farrell who netted her third, earning her the match ball, and our Ladies a valuable point against one of the best sides in the league - Player of the Match: Holly Hunter.
Moving on to the Development Squad now, who were on home turf as they hosted league leaders Whitehaven AFC, which ended in a positive 1-1 draw at Brews Park. The Devs started extremely well, asserting dominance, and playing brilliant football throughout the thirds, with great link-up play the ladies looked to be on the front foot from the start.
The effort and hard work continued and paid off as Ruby Hindle found the back of the net giving the ladies a well-deserved lead and, after numerous chances and multiple gilt-edged counters, the second goal didn’t look like it was going to happen. The positive spells continued however Whitehaven struck back and in the 65th minute managed to find the back of the net.
The Ladies worked hard to find a second goal; however, time was against them and it ended 1-1, a positive performance against a good side - Players of the Match: Ellie Duffy and Holly Bo Dunning.