Stafford would be at near enough full strength for today's fixture and after a good pre-season, the girls wanted to start the season with a win. But even though Walsall Wood were a depleted side compared to last season there are never any easy games against the Wood.
With only two minutes on the watch, Stafford would take the lead after a fine break by Maddy Batchelor set forward Faye Butler free and would show the home defence a clean pair of heels and slot the ball past the advancing keeper to make it 1-0 . But the old saying says you are at your weakest after scoring turned out to be true as the Stafford defence switched off and the Walsall Wood forward slotted home to make it 1-1 within only three minutes gone. Stafford continue to dominate the game and continue to create chances to take the lead with both Faye Butler and Kimmie Skinner both seeing efforts go wide. Any resistance from the visitors is being blunted by a very well organised Stafford backline. Stafford chances continue to come and go would they rue not taking one of these efforts on goal. But we needn't of worried as our very own fox in the box Faye Butler was set up by Sofia Carrington and would see her shot ricochet off the home keeper giving Town a well-deserved 2-1lead. Stafford are continuing to dominate the game showing newfound physicality and determination. This soon paid dividend as another Maddy Batchelor break after a fine three-pass move was latched on to by Faye Butler who finished sweetly to make it 3-1 and a first-half hat trick for last seasons top scorer. AS the half time whistle blew on what most people said was the girl's most complete half of football they have seen. Stafford carried on in the same vain and chances started to come with Saskia Conaghan Claudia Asprey and Kimmie Skinner all being denied by the home keeper. As efforts continued to go wide or denied by the keeper and thoughts of a whole training session on finishing on the horizon it would be left to Kimmie Skinner to hit an absolute screamer from twenty yards into the top corner to make it 4-1 to Stafford and show her teammates how to do it. The chances continued to come with Saskia Conaghan see an absolute thunderbolt fly of the crossbar along with Maddy Batchelor Kimmie Skinner and Faye Butler all having chances to increase Staffords lead but as the final whistle it would be a well deserved 4-1 victory to Stafford and three away points to start the campaign and onwards and upwards for the rest of the season
PLAYER OF THE MATCH KEIRA MAUD
PARENTS CHOICE FAYE BUTLER