Sporting Club Albion Ladies are currently at the top of the FA Women’s Premier League North table after an incredible start to the season.
After the first ten games of the season, in all competitions, they have recorded an impressive eight wins, with two losses.
A disappointing end to the 2014/15 season, in which the team scored 23 goals finishing in tenth place therefore narrowly avoiding relegation. However, a resurgent start from the team has already seen them pass their goals scored tally from last season after just eight League games and sees them currently top of the table in a competitive Premier League.
The introduction of twelve new players in the off season including three Centre of Excellence graduates (Billie Haynes, Kate Wright and Rachel Welling) and the experience of new top goal scorer Leigh Dugmore and former Super League player Abigail Cottam has seen the Ladies defeat the likes of Newcastle United, Stoke City, Preston North End and Bradford City.
The team has won their last four games after a brief stumble with defeats against Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City (a result they would later avenge two weeks later with a 3-1 win over the Potters at home).
“What a fantastic start we’ve had. Credit to all the players for their energy, resilience and open mindedness. Last season, where we finished 10th in the Premier League, is fresh in our minds and huge lessons have been learnt by all whilst moving in to this season” Graham Abercrombie, Team Manager.
“The summer signings have added excellent quality for sure but it shouldn’t go unnoticed that the core of the team, that was needed for a good start, remain in place.”
“It is exciting times for our club but we refuse to take a single point, game or moment for granted and will continue to work hard and prepare for the variety of outcomes that football can throw at us.”
“We aren’t just winning games, we are winning them with exciting football and conviction” Kelly Darby, Captain
“I think it is the best start any SCA Ladies team have managed in the Premier League”
Make no mistake, the team are very much still on a learning curve. They currently have the youngest average age of the squad in the division as eight former Centre of Excellence players compete for starting XI spots week in, week out.
“Off the back of the season we had last year, I think we have got off to a great start, but a start is all it is. It is important for us not to get ahead of ourselves and take each game as it comes. We have lost and also gained a few players which has effectively strengthened our squad. Whatever happens this season our main objective is to stay in this division anything else is a bonus!” Trina Greaves, Vice Captain
This resolve will be tested in the coming weeks as two away trips in two weeks to Guiseley Vixens and Nuneaton Town face the team, before a four game home stand at Halesowen Town FC in the build up to Christmas.
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