Sporting Club Albion 4 (Pope 52, Hodgetts 70, Humphrey 73, James 89)
Wolves Women 0
Wolves Women suffered a crushing derby defeat away at Albion on Sunday as the home side took their chances to run out ultimately comfortable winners.
Wolves made the better start in a lively opening, quickly settling in to their short passing game and dictating play. Albion struggled to get a hold of the ball and rarely threatened going forwards, with Wolves’ makeshift midfielder Layla Salter having the first shot of the game blocked for a corner.
Summer Holmes struck her effort just wide of the post after some slick passing play from Wolves as the away side looked to make their dominance pay off. However, despite playing the better football and controlling the game, Wolves struggled to create many more chances, and Albion nearly took the lead on the half-hour mark, but Natalie Widdal was on-hand to clear the ball off the line.
As half-time approached, Wolves put together the move of the match. Leanne Rimmer made a determined run down the right wing to power through two challenges, before some quick passing from Holmes and Dani Selmes gave Jordan Timmins-Ray a great chance to open the scoring from 15 yards. However Timmins-Ray rushed her effort and dragged her shot well wide, when she had time to control the ball.
Wolves went in at half time knowing they were the better side, but they just needed to find a goal to put them ahead.
The second half was a different story entirely, as Albion quickly took the lead through a sensational Abby Pope free kick from 25 yards, off the underside of the crossbar.
Going behind after playing so well saw Wolves heads drop, and they struggled to emulate their first half performance, with Albion no longer struggling to make headway as an attacking force.
With 20 minutes to go Albion doubled their lead with a slice of good fortune. Wolves failed to defend a corner and the ball bounced off the back off an Albion player and past the helpless Natalie Hall and into the net.
Albion put the game beyond doubt two minutes later when Pippa Humphrey ran down the right-wing, before sending in a wayward cross which ended up in the top corner of the Wolves net.
Albion completed the scoring with seconds to go when a perfectly weighted long ball was coolly converted by Robyn James.
Wolves Manager Trevor Mullings revealed his frustrations after the game. He said: “I’m disappointed that we didn't get at least a point today and the score line doesn't do our performance justice.
“We applied ourselves well in the first half and played the better football but never capitalised on it.
“In the second half Albion scored quickly and their confidence grew. We found it difficult to retain the ball and made basic errors, leaving us with too much to do.”
Wolves will be frustrated that their first half efforts were not rewarded, but they know that they need to perform for the whole game, as defender Layla Salter acknowledged. She said: "I thought we were top class in the first half and were by far the better team.
“But we let ourselves down in the second half letting in soft goals and losing our shape.
“The challenge is now to pick ourselves up and make sure we perform for the full 90 minutes next week, as we know we can."
*Wolves play at home on Sunday 15th September, against Sheffield FC at Castlecroft Stadium.
Team: Hall, Large, Widdal, Perks, McQuilkin, Salter (Hewitt), Luke, Rimmer (Palin), Timmins-Ray, Holmes, Selmes.