A poacher’s strike from Ellie Olds secured a creditable draw for Fulham Women in their latest pre-season friendly against AFC Wimbledon at Motspur Park this afternoon.
Steve Jaye’s side battled hard against higher division opponents and were undaunted by going behind to an early strike from the exceptional Ashlee Hincks. The AFC Wimbledon forward, who scored 41 goals in a sensational campaign last term, had warned the Whites of her predatory instincts with a couple of long-range sighters before capitalising on some confusion in the home defence to put the visitors in front.
Wimbledon dominated the early stages of a fixture split into three thirds of thirty minutes to allow for much-needed water breaks in the searing heat. Fulham grew in confidence the longer the contest went on and gained more of a foothold once Rachel Woodland came off the bench, but lacked ruthlessness in the final third until Olds and Helen Ogle were pushed further forward in a fluid 4-3-3 formation. The former punished a poor back pass by calmly slotting home a leveller – but neither side could find a winner during an end-to-end finale.
Fulham’s women are back in action next Sunday in a local derby against Queens Park Rangers at Motspur Park, with kick off at 10.45am.
FULHAM WOMEN (4-3-3): Kelly; Foreman, T. Allen, Southgate, Foster, Negrea, Thomas, Stormer, Olds, Ogle, True.
AFC WIMBLEDON WOMEN (4-4-2): L. Allen; Russell, Trialist, A. Taylor, Billingham, Mann, Donovan, Gardner, Carter, Hincks, Sampson. Subs: Baker, Oliver, Sargeant, Fowler, Trialist.