Tough start for First Team


Sporting Albion took the lead early in the first half when Leicester City Ladies goalkeeper Lucy Clarke punched the ball out from a corner, only for it to drop to the feet of a Sporting Albion player leaving her with an easy finish.
Leicester City Ladies rode their luck at times with Sporting Albion having the main share of possession and having chances to increase their lead.
25 minutes into the first half Leicester pulled a goal back when Annie Rudkin won the ball on the halfway line, played a one two with Sarah Marshall and then feed the ball into the path of Kim Walton who coolly slotted the ball home.
This goal gave Leicester City Ladies the impetus and they had a good 10 minute spell, playing some nice football. Unfortunately Leicester didn’t remain on level terms for long, a long ball over the top caught Leicester’s defence square and the Sporting Albion made it 2-1 despite the efforts of Goalkeeper Lucy Clarke.

Half Time – Sporting Albion 2 – 1 Leicester City Ladies

Leicester City Ladies started the 2nd half brightly but found themselves another goal behind when they were hit on the break by Sporting Albion. Leicester City Ladies nearly got a goal back after a great break out of defence with Jenny Sugarman and Sarah Marshall playing some nice football resulting in a shot just over the bar.
Sporting Albion were now dominating the game, having all the possession and playing some great football, they added a further 2 goals before the full time whistle.
Leicester City Ladies battled hard but were outplayed by a good Sporting Albion side who will be a force to be reckoned with during the coming season.

Full Time – Sporting Albion 5 -1 Leicester City Ladies

Team: L.Clarke, B.Poppleton, K.Walton, H.Fyfe, L.Quinn, L.Tugby, A.Rudkin, E.Preston, A.Bingham, J.Sugarman, S.Marshall. Subs: M.Woldron, C.Stephens, T.