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Ladies Suffer Derby Defeat


10:46 2nd May 2013

by Matt Sacco

Wolves slump to Albion loss

F.A Women’s Premier League Northern Division
Wednesday May 1st 2013

Wolves Women 0

Sporting Club Albion Ladies 4 (James 14, Neville 65, Fowler 76, Griffiths 89)

Wolves Women slumped to a heavy defeat at the hands of local rivals Albion on Wednesday night.

Wolves started brightly enough - Becky Hall had the game's first effort on goal in the opening minute, but the Albion defence held firm as Wolves gained the upper hand.

Despite their quick start though, Wolves went behind on fourteen minutes when Robyn James' superb volley found the top corner, following a defensive error.

Wolves looked to hit straight back, as Dani Selmes latched onto a long free-kick, but the Albion defence were once again able to get bodies in the way to clear.  Selmes was able to create room for a shot just minutes later but Albion Keeper Bec Thomas got down well to save.

Both sides struggled to create clear cut chances, but Wolves went into the break feeling they should have been level.

The second half was a scrappy affair, as both sides looked to gain the upper hand in the derby fixture. The closest Wolves came was through Jamillah Palmer, whose driven effort was parried wide by Thomas on 52 minutes.

Albion doubled their lead after the hour mark in controversial fashion - Wolves players appealed for what appeared to be a clear handball, but play went on and Albion took advantage, as Ashleigh Neville finished well from 12 yards.

A double substitution wasn't enough to change Wolves' fortunes as Albion sealed the win through two breakaway goals late on. Jamie Leigh Fowler made 3-0 before Kayleigh Griffiths slotted in goal number four with a minute left to play.

Wolves will be disappointed with their second half display after some encouraging signs in the first half. In the end though, they didn't create enough chances and were well beaten.

Assistant Manager Brian Churm said afterwards: "We set the girls a challenge and to be fair to them, we were the better side in the first half, only to go in at half time having conceded to a wonder strike.

"Unfortunately though, in the last 20 minutes or so of the second half we committed football suicide - we lacked concentration and shape.

"Understandably the girls are distraught after the game - they assessed their performance and agreed we should have done much better. It's a shame, as people will only see the result each week but not how the team has performed over those past couple of weeks," he added.

"Our target now is to take as many points as possible now from our last two games and we remain very positive."

Team: N. Hall, Rimmer, Salter, Williams, Walker, Quick, Wilson (Morris), B. Hall, Moore (Large), Palmer (Hewitt), Selmes

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