Sunday, December 13, 2009
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Christmas comes early for Albion Ladies

CHRISTMAS came early for Sporting Club Albion as TNS Ladies scored five superb goals but conceded eight at Park Hall.

"Spectators tell me it was the most fantastic game to watch, because we looked constantly capable of coming back to win the game," said manager Tony Ridge.
"It's a massive frustration for the coaching staff, we gave them five absolute gifts."
Albion's star player turned the TNS defence twice in the first 15 minutes and both times finished superbly.
But Alicia Robinson's fine shot from the edge of the box made it 2-1 before crazy defending gifted the visitors a 3-1 lead after just 17 minutes.
A penalty conceded by the keeper after 38 minutes seemed to finish the game for the Ladies, but a superb volley by Emily Ridge from 25 yards kept them in touch at half time.
After going 4-4-2 and asking the girls for a big effort in the second half, TNS dominated the opening 10 mins with Ridge and now Abby Francis causing mayhem up front.
Francis scored the all-important third goal on 55 minutes, which at that point led us to believe we would go on and win the game but hope soon turned to despair when, straight from the kick-off, we gifted Albion another goal.
Another great strike by Francis again put us in contention but a long spell of constant pressure from TNS was halted by what only be described as a ludicrous goal for the vistors.
Another bad mistake at the back led to the seventh before Robinson netted another consolation.
The reserves had an equally entertaining match away at Loughborough and were very unlucky not to get something when they lost 5 - 4 with youngster Kate Doster getting two, including a 30 yard stunner, with Sophie Edwards and Chloe Mapp getting the others.
Photo: Alicia Robinson fires her first goal.