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Posh Women travel to Butler Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Peterborough United Women face a lengthy trip to Shrewsbury on Sunday afternoon (2pm) to face Wem Town Ladies at the Butler Sports Centre in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands.

Dan Lawlor’s side suffered defeat in their opening of the season, with two quickfire goals in the second half condemning Posh to defeat against Sporting Khalsa. Wem Town picked up three points on the opening weekend after a 4-1 victory over Northampton Town Women.

Team News

Midfielder Megan Lawlor has recovered from her injury and is back in the squad for the trip to Wem Town. Tara Kirk made her first appearance for the club last weekend after coming on as a substitute in the final 20 minutes and is expected to be involved once again, continuing her fitness after missing pre-season due to injury.

Eden Bailey and Beatriz Borque remain out for Sunday’s game due to injury, while defender Niamh Connor is also not available.

Wem Town, who remain at tier-four level despite finishing in the relegation zone last season, has welcomed a host of new signings this summer and have kept forward Katie Doster, who finished as the club topscorer in the 2021/22 campaign with seven goals.

From The Gaffer

“It’s not all doom and gloom, but after you don’t win the first game of the season and after you have had such a long pre-season, the emotions are just a little higher than usual. There were plenty of positives that we can try to build on. Obviously, playing away from home is not ideal, especially when you are playing four or five in a row, but it’s a situation we have to deal with and one we can’t use as an excuse.

“When you get that bit of luck, I think it will rejuvenate them. I believe Wem Town have a completely different squad, a new manager and a great result beating Northampton Town at the weekend. So, Sunday’s game will be a tough game, we saw it all last season that every game in this division will be difficult. We just have to play at 100% because if we don’t, then we won’t get the points.”

Live Updates

Updates from the match against Wem Town will be live on our Twitter account @theposhwomen from 12:45pm, followed by match reaction and report after the full-time whistle.

Jess Evans

Posh Women claim their first victory of the season at Butler Sports Centre.

Three second-half goals from Peterborough United Women helped them secure their first three points of the season after a 4-1 victory over Wem Town Ladies at the Butler Sports Centre on Sunday afternoon.

Posh opened the scoring after just three minutes as Cassie Steward collected the ball on the edge of the box following a poor clearance from Wem Town keeper and her effort found the bottom corner to hand Dan Lawlor’s side an important lead in the early stages.

Following the deadlock being broken, both teams struggled in possession on a tough pitch, but it was the hosts who carved out their first opportunity on 15 minutes as they rattled the crossbar from Michelle Pasco’s effort just outside the box, the ball fell to Taylor Davis who fired the ball over the bar.

Posh should have doubled their lead just before half an hour mark as Perkins won the 50-50 against the keeper and played it across to Jess Driscoll, but her effort was superbly blocked on the line. A minute later, Posh were made to be punished as Wem Town found the equaliser as Davis’ found the top corner despite appeals of a handball in the build-up.

In the aftermath of the goal, McConville was sin-binned for 10 minutes. The midfielder returned to the pitch and sent a half-volley from the edge of the box narrowly wide of the post.

Posh re-took the lead on 55 minutes as Aylmer's deep free-kick caused a scramble inside the hosts’ box, the ball fell to the feet of Faith Horner and she slotted home. Lawlor made his first change of the match shortly after as Tara Kirk entered the pitch.

Lawlor’s side extended their advantage and it was a first goal for Jess Evans, with Aylmer provider once again as her corner found Evans at the front-post and she headed home. Nicole Hendrick and Megan Lawlor replaced Elloise Copson and Cassie Steward in the final 15 minutes.

Posh sealed the victory at Butler Sports Centre in the final five minutes as a free-kick was taken quickly and sent out to the right to Aylmer and her cross was guided on by Lawlor into the back of the net. 

Posh XI: Corry, Aylmer, Copson (Hendrick, 77min), Mugridge, Driscoll-King, Evans, McConville (Kirk, 60min), Horner, Driscoll, Perkins, C. Steward (Lawlor, 77min).