Wolves Women 0
Sporting Club Albion 2 (James 45 + 2, 88)
Report by Matt Sacco
Wolves fell to defeat in the Black Country derby as they played their first Premier League Northern Division fixture for nearly three months.
The game was played in blustery conditions, with Wolves kicking into the wind in the first half. Wolves coped well with the high ball as Albion looked to take advantage of the extra distance on their long passes over the top of the defence.
Becky Hall made her first league appearance of the season after injury, and had the first attempt of the game with an audacious overhead kick, but couldn’t get a good enough connection as Albion breathed a sigh of relief.
Wolves were the better side for most of the first half, but went behind in added time when Robyn James poked in from close range after a cross wasn’t cleared.
The second half saw Wolves have the advantage of the wind, but they struggled to make use of it, and found chances hard to come by.
Hall was the first to try her luck for Wolves, but her effort agonisingly hit the top of the net. Laura McQuilkin was the next to shoot from range, but Bec Thomas in the Albion goal did brilliantly to push the ball out for a corner. The resulting corner saw Jordan Timmins-Ray have an effort cleared off the line by an Albion head, as Wolves failed to capitalise on their superior play.
Wolves pushed for an equaliser but were let down by the quality of their final ball time and again.
Eventually Wolves were punished for their lack of cutting edge, as James sealed the game for Albion with two minutes to go, as she thundered an effort past Natalie Hall.
Ultimately, Wolves made two mistakes and Albion took full advantage, as the home side failed to make the most of their opportunities.
Manager Trevor Mullins was disappointed with the outcome. He said: “I’m frustrated that we didn’t even get a point from today after the determination and domination of the game.
“We pressured well but were lacking in the final third.”
Team: N. Hall, Large, Stanton, Widdal, McQuilkin, Perks (Rimmer), Luke, Quick (Hermon), Timmins-Ray, B. Hall, Selmes (Hewitt). Unused Sub: Palin.