Friday, November 27, 2009
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Ladies rue cruel late winner

TNS Ladies lost a great game in controversial circumstances at West Bromwich on Sunday.
With the scores level at 2-2 with two minutes remaining, a Sporting Club Albion staff member running the line failed to flag for offside, allowing the hosts to snatch an undeserved winner for a 3-2 result.
TNS had started brightly with Alicia Robinson’s slide rule finding Emily Ridge, whose shot hit the post after a fantastic save from the Albion keeper.
The home team were finding it difficult to cope with a TNS team who were playing great football. But, on the half hour, a free-kick lofted harmlessly into the box took a freak bounce and cleared helpless keeper Angela Birkett to give the hosts the lead.
TNS responded positively and coming up to half-time were unfortunate not to be at least level but, again bad luck struck, and a couple of ricochets in the box fell kindly for Albion to grab their second goal.
Feeling hard done by in the first half, the girls rallied for a big effort in the second half and responded superbly with Albion pegged back in their own half for long periods.
And, when Kate Thomas was scythed down in the box, it was Charlette Cantlett who smashed in the penalty to halve the deficit after 55 minutes.
Sophie Nolen came off the bench and it was her intelligent pass that found Ridge in space, to fire the ball into the net from the edge of the box. TNS looked massive favourites to go on and win the game and only desperate defending by the hosts kept TNS at bay until the late and cruel winner.
But the Ladies have an early chance to take revenge in the return fixture at Park Hall on Sunday December 6 (2.30).