Women's Team

Wolves 3-1 Albion Women

An image of Albion Women player Abi Loydon on the ball against Wolves

Two second half goals from Wolves saw Albion Women beaten in the first Black Country derby of the season.

Phoebe Warner gave the Baggies a deserved lead 30 minutes in, yet a strong showing from the hosts after the break saw them take the points and move to the top of the FAWNL Northern Premier Division.

Head coach Jenny Sugarman made two changes to the side that lost to Stoke on the weekend. Hayley Crackle returned to the XI in place of Sophie Tudor, while goalkeeper Mackenzie Haydn-Jones came in for the injured Charlotte Clarke for her first league start.

In front of just over 800 fans at the New Bucks Stadium in Telford, the hosts put Albion’s debutant shot stopper under early pressure, but Haydn-Jones rose to the challenge, making an early save to deny Wolves the opener.

The momentum then swung the Baggies' way, and they made it count, taking the lead midway through the first half. Holding the ball up well, Jannelle Straker played a great pass to Warner who took a couple of touches, fought off her marker and looped an effort into the top left corner from range.

Albion came close to finding another when Shannon Stamps raced clear down the right-hand side and swung a cross towards Straker, however the Wolves goalkeeper managed to hook it away from the path of the striker.

Just before the break, though, Wolves were awarded a penalty for a handball in the box from Crackle - and Anna Morphet stepped up to slot home.

Early in the second half Albion pressed again to try and retake the lead, with Kate Evans and Straker combining only to be denied a shooting opportunity by a last-ditch tackle.

But Wolves took control and edged ahead soon after. Despite Max Gauntlett initially seeing her shot saved, Jade Cross was on hand to pick up the rebound and make it 2-1.

Sugarman’s side fought back and came close to finding an equaliser on a couple of occasions. First Evans headed just over the bar, and then Warner almost grabbed her second of the night, rifling narrowly over the bar.

Instead, Wolves managed to wrap up the game six minutes from time thanks to Amber Hughes' finish - earning them the Black Country bragging rights.

Albion Women are next in action on Sunday, October 23 away at Burnley.

Albion Women: Haydn-Jones, Brown, George (C), Green, Crackle, Davies (Bourton 81), Evans, Loydon (Tudor 77), Stamps, Warner (Robinson 86), Straker (Walklett 70)

Substitutes: Jenkins