Women's Team

Albion Women 2 Brighouse Town 2

Albion Women Brighouse report

Albion Women were held to a 2-2 draw by Brighouse Town in the National League Northern Premier Division on Sunday afternoon.

Evie Gallop and Jade Arber gave the Baggies a first-half lead, but two goals in the space of five minutes earned the visitors a share of the spoils.

Jenny Sugarman made one change to her starting XI, bringing Arber in for her first start since returning to the squad at the end of March. Hannah George also came back into the squad following the end of her suspension.

Albion got off to the perfect start after just two minutes when Gallop capitalised on a loose ball in the penalty area, before poking the ball home for her fifth goal of the campaign to put the Baggies ahead.

Moments later, goalkeeper Poppy Bastock was called into action at the other end, making a fantastic save to her right to keep a dangerous header at bay.

A quiet spell proceeded, but the Baggies managed to find their second goal of the afternoon courtesy of the returning Arber, who nodded home a well-worked free kick to make it 2-0.

It could’ve got even better for the Baggies goalscorer just a couple of minutes later, but her half-volley from 25 yards out flew just over the bar.

Brighouse forwards Leah Jade Embley and Imogen Porteous-Williams both came close to bringing the away side back into the game.

Town hit the post and Albion shot-stopper Bastock was forced into making another outstanding save, as the hosts weathered the storm to take in the advantage at the break.

After the interval, the Baggies were chasing their third and good work from Shannon Stamps nearly found it. However, Kerry Walklett couldn’t convert her good ball into feet on the edge of the area, as the narrowly missed the target.

But Town came back on the offensive and with just over 20 minutes to go, Albion’s resilience was broken. Danielle Whitham was on hand to net their first and halve the deficit and in the space of five minutes her midfield partner, Drew Greene, levelled the game at 2-2.

Albion came closest to finding a winner in the closing stages, as Gallop fired just wide and substitute Leanne Robinson came close to finishing a well-delivered corner from Kate Evans. But Albion had to settle for a point, as they extended their unbeaten run at home to four games.

The Baggies are next in action when they welcome Middlesbrough to Coles Lane this Sunday.

Albion Women: Bastock, Crackle, Green, Davies, Walklett (Beck-Esson), Embley, Loydon (George 63), Tudor (Evans 63), Gallop, Stamps, Arber (Robinson 73).

Subs: Smith.