Radcliffe Olympic Ladies FC 2 (Campbell 44, 68) Wolverhampton Wanderers Women's FC 4(Johnson 14, 34; Smith 24, Quick 85). Wolves earned their second 4-2 win in succession in a game played in blustery conditions at Radcliffe Olympic FC.
Anne Johnson was first on the scoresheet, putting Wolves ahead with an excellent strike in the 14th minute. Jenni Anslow should have doubled the lead in the 20th minute but she scuffed her shot, enabling the defender to get back and clear off the line.
Just four minutes later the second goal did arrive. Kirstie Bavington's free kick into the area was cleared, only to land at the feet of Laura Smith, whose well-placed shot beat the keeper.
And on 34 minutes it was three as Johnson's precise header found the top left-hand corner.
Radcliffe pulled one back just before the break as Joanne Campbell chipped keeper Naomi Bruton and after the interval there were chances for both sides with Anslow and Nicole Ledgister not far away for Wolves.
Radcliffe made a further breakthrough in the 68th minute with a second for Campbell, who beat Wolves' keeper Bruton at the near post to narrow the gap to a solitary goal.
But Wolves kept their nerve, Ledgister and substitute Sophie Richards causing problems for the Radcliffe defence and Anslow and Amber Quick going close.
It needed, however, a stunning save from Bruton, pushing a shot on to the crossbar 14 minutes from time, to preserve Wolves' advantage before Quick sealed matters by heading home Anslow's free kick in the 85th minute.
The victory took on extra significance with results else-where leaving Wolves still with a chance of catching Coventry and Derby in the race for promotion.
Wolves manager Dave Ball said: "The game was scrappy at times but we held it together and ground out the win." n Wolves Women's Reserves were beaten 2-1 at Coventry City, with their only goal coming from Emma Baggott.