West Bromwich Albion Women 2 Sunderland Ladies 1 | North East Sports News
Sunderland Ladies’ away woes continued as they fell to 2-1 defeat against West Brom Women in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division.
The visitors were fortunate to reach the break level but fell behind to a Hannah Baines header midway through the second half.
Substitute Holly Manders pulled the Wearsiders level almost immediately, but Keeley Davies volleyed a late winner to give Albion all three points.
Looking for a third consecutive win Sunderland started the brighter, captain Keira Ramshaw forcing a good save from Poppy Bastock from a tight angle and then glancing a header past the post from the resulting corner.
From then on, the Baggies controlled possession for large periods but were limited to shots from distance with Natalie Murray, Hannah George and Leigh Dugmore failing to test Claudia Moan.
Last week’s match-winner Maria Farrugia missed a couple of good chances in quick succession for the Black Cats, first firing wide after a trademark jinking run before clattering the crossbar from Emily Scarr’s cross just before half-time.
With head coach Mel Reay’s words ringing in their ears, Sunderland were unrecognisable in the second half but struggled to find a way past Bastock.
A Ramshaw strike from distance was easily dealt with by the Baggies ‘keeper, as was Abbey Joice’s smart turn and snapshot from close range.
West Brom continued to threaten, Baines reacting first to Davies’ deflected strike, but she could not find a way past Moan. After 72 minutes, the home side broke the deadlock. George’s deep corner found Baines who headed home via the underside of the crossbar.
Sunderland kept up the pressure, Joice firing over and Ramshaw hitting the upright, and equalised within five minutes through Manders’ powerful header from Scarr’s corner.
A draw would have been a fair result, but it would be West Brom who would go on to win the game. Evie Gallop did well down the left, digging out a high cross which was missed by everyone but Davies who lashed home a fantastic winner into the top corner.
This latest defeat, their third on the road, leaves Sunderland seven points adrift of top spot, with third placed Nottingham Forest Women visiting the Academy of Light on Sunday.
Sunderland: Moan, Beer, McCatty, Herron, Griffiths (McInnes ’89), Mullen, Ramshaw (c), Joice, Brown (Manders ’61), Scarr, Farrugia.
Subs not used: Cowling, Warren, Blakey.