Wolves Women 0
Sporting Club Albion Ladies 4 (James 20, Fowler 22, Neville 64, Pope 80)
Wolves Women suffered a heavy defeat to rivals Albion in a game where they were always second best. Both sides finished with ten players, with unfortunately a player from each side taken to hospital
Wolves never really got into their stride and fell victim to a quick-fire double that knocked the stuffing out of them.
Robyn James was allowed to turn in the box and her neat swivel and shot found the back of the net before Jamie Fowler was given the time to shoot from range and fire past Natalie Hall into the top corner.
Wolves were unable to find the form that saw them earn a draw in a thrilling game against Man City earlier this season, but came close to pulling a goal back on the stroke of half time. Jordan Timmins-Ray, pictured, hit the post and Amber Quick then curled an effort wide as Wolves ended the half well.
Jamillah Palmer created the first chance of the second half when she set the ball into the path of Becky Hall whose curled effort was tipped onto the bar by a great Bec Thomas save.
Shortly after the hour mark Quick floated a cross to the back post which was met by Palmer but she could only clip her effort onto the post. Albion broke straight away and killed the game off with their third goal when Ashleigh Neville raced through to stroke her effort into the corner of the net.
A minute later, Wolves suffered their first injury when Layla Salter was on the receiving end of a strong challenge and was replaced by Philippa Wilson. Half time substitute Leanne Rimmer then made a superb clearing header to turn away a dangerous cross as Wolves pushed numbers forward.
Albion’s scoring was complete on 80 minutes when ex-Wolves player Abby Pope struck a left-footed effort into the net to pile on the misery.
Unfortunately both sides ended the game with ten players as a 50-50 challenge saw both Jamillah Palmer and Kayleigh Griffiths carried off the pitch and taken to hospital when all substitutions had been made.
In the end Wolves were beaten by the better team on the day and can have no arguments with the outcome.
Defender Leanne Rimmer was frustrated with the team’s performance.
She said: “I'm hugely disappointed with today's result.
“I think our preparation could have been better, we didn't really show up or come out of second gear until the last 10 minutes when our player being stretchered off shocked us into action, but by then it was too late.
“It was physical at times which is usually expected at a derby but our overall battling today was a bit lacklustre.
“We didn't get the ball down and play it which is our strength, and often the difference was that their fast breaking resulted in converted chances whereas we were rather unlucky in spells, hitting the post a few times.
“We're good enough for this higher league and we need to find our form again and regain our confidence.
“It's all a steep learning curve, but one we can overcome and move forward as a team”.
Manager James Astle was critical of his side after the defeat.
“No excuses today, this was a poor performance in the first half,” he said.
“After some clear instruction amongst the players themselves the second half started positively.
“We hit the bar and post but it wasn't to be and two further poor defensive issues finished us.
“It was not a good day all round with us picking up two more potential long term injuries.
“A lot of work is needed throughout the next few weeks to get us back on track and play the football we can do”.
* Wolves’ next game is at home to Preston in the league cup Sunday 14th October at Castlecroft. Kick off is at 2pm.
Team: N. Hall, Pinner, Salter (Wilson), Williams, Hooper (Rimmer), Perks, Quick, B. Hall, Timmins-Ray, Palmer, Selmes.