North Wales girls feature in major cup win for Wem Town

Wem Town receive the Shropshire Women’s County Cup presented by Dave Farmer, brother of past Shropshire FA chairman and president Tom. Pictures by kind permission of CS JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

Wem Town 5 (Pennington 14, Doster 60, 67 & 85, Waltho 74)
Shrewsbury Town 0
Tom Farmer Shropshire Women’s County Cup Final (New Bucks Stadium, AFC Telford United – May 30, 2021)

North Wales stars Laura Pennington and Kelsey Davies lifted some prestigious silverware on Sunday as part of the Wem Town team which won the Shropshire Women’s County Cup Final.

Former Northop Hall goal machine Pennington opened the scoring as Wem thrashed Shrewsbury Town at the New Bucks Head stadium in Wellington.

The ground is the home of National League North club AFC Telford United.

Having whipped Shifnal Town Ladies 5-1 in the semi-final the previous weekend, the newly-named and relocated Wem Town, formerly The New Saints, went into Sunday’s showpiece on a real high.

Pennington broke the deadlock in the 14th minute directly from a free kick to give Wem the perfect boost.

Lia Lewis narrowly shot over before clearing off her own line to prevent a Shrewsbury goal prior to the break.

Half-time: Wem Town 1 Shrewsbury Town 0

Into the second half, where a major hero emerged for Wem in striker Katie Doster.

Four minutes in, Doster shot over before Pennington missed a gaping goal.

The next goal was vital and it came for Wem in spectacular fashion when Doster made it 2-0 with a stupendous overhead volley.

Midway through the half, Doster let the ball drop over her left shoulder and drilled a lovely shot into the bottom right-hand corner for 3-0.

Picture: CS JONES PHOTOGRAPHY

In the 74th minute, Laura Morris took a corner, sub Emily Ridge crossed and Francesca Waltho applied the finish to make it four.

Twelve minutes from time, former Llandudno, Kinmel Bay and Wales winger Kelsey Davies came on as a substitute.

And five minutes before the end came the icing on the cake as Doster completed her hat-trick to secure the cup.

Wem Town: Sarah Parkes, Taylor Davis (Jess Jennings 63), Francesca Waltho, Charlotte Turner, Lucy Brown, Lia Lewis, Kim Bebbington (Hannah Clements 78), Laura Morris (Kelsey Davies 78), Zoe Griffiths (Emily Ridge 70), Laura Pennington, Katie Doster.
Unused sub: Loz Brown.

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