Birmingham County Cup, Semi - Final
Sunday 17th February 2013
Wolves Women 0
Sporting Club Albion Ladies 2 (James 62, Salter OG 83)
Wolves went out of the Birmingham County Cup at the semi-final stage against a strong Albion side. With the weather having caused numerous postponements, it was Wolves' first home game at their Castlecroft ground since November.
Wolves started well, with their best chance in the first half coming in the 13th minute. Becky Hall took possession of the ball and ran at goal, finding herself one-on-one with keeper Becky Thomas, but Thomas made the save.
The home side were putting in a strong showing, but suffered a blow when striker Dani Selmes had to be substituted due to injury in the 28th minute.
Just a couple of minutes later Wolves almost conceded as keeper Natalie Hall fumbled the ball in front of goal, but Nicole Nymeon blasted her shot over the bar.
Albion were through again just before half time, but Hall made the save to keep it goalless at the break.
Wolves' first opportunity in the second half came from a free-kick in the 52nd minute after Jamillah Palmer was brought down just outside the penalty area, but Becky Hall was inches away with her attempt.
Amber Quick was then denied by keeper Thomas, but Albion were beginning to pile on the pressure at the other end.
In the 62nd minute Albion were awarded a corner, and the ball was headed home by Robyn James to make it 1-0 to the visitors.
In the 66th minute Jordan Timmins-Ray gave away a free-kick for a foul, while Albion's Ashleigh Neville was lucky to only receive a yellow card after running 20 yards to get involved and pushing Timmins-Ray to the ground.
It was another free-kick which gave Albion their second goal in the 83rd minute. Defender Layla Salter unfortunately headed the ball into her own net while trying to clear to make it 2-0 to the visitors, and Wolves were unable to find a reply.
Manager James Astle said: "We can't deny how disappointed we are in the manner of the defeat. Two set pieces have cost us the game.
"It was a major blow in the early stages losing Dani Selmes to injury, and we hope she is back soon. Credit to Albion, they were better in the second half, and we wish them well. We have a further cup game next week which will give me the opportunity to change a number of personnel before getting back to league business."
Next Sunday sees Wolves back at home as they host Blackburn Rovers in the final 16 of the League Cup.
The game will be played at Castlecroft Stadium, Castlecroft Road, Wolverhampton, WV3 8NA, with a 2pm kick-off.
Team: N. Hall, Rimmer (Berry 85), Walker, Williams, Salter, Wilson (Morris 85), Timmins-Ray (Hooper 75), Quick, Selmes (Hewitt 28), Hall, Palmer (Cook 85)