Puddefoot (pen) ‘54
- Amy Taylor comes off the bench to give Albion the lead
- Danielle Puddefoot's penalty and Joanne Wilson respond to give QPR victory
- Ellie Dorey makes her Albion debut
- Albion’s unbeaten run comes to an end after 13 games
Brighton & Hove Albion women’s 12-match unbeaten run at the start of the season came to an end after a 2-1 defeat to bottom club Queens Park Rangers at Honeycroft.
Amy Taylor came off the bench to give Albion the lead, but a penalty from Danielle Puddefoot and Joanne Wilson’s strike gave Rangers a first win of the season.
Albion created their first chance of the game when Kate Natkiel’s shot from distance went wide of the post.
Natkiel then turned provider for Lucy Somes, who was denied by a superb last-ditch challenge from Vanessa Nicholson.
Deanna Cooper, deployed in a new position on the left wing, made a meandering run towards the box only to see her shot go wide of the far post.
Kirsty Barton was next to try her luck from distance, before Rangers forward Puddefoot saw her strike saved by Faye Baker.
Seagulls debutant Ellie Dorey was then inches away from giving Albion the lead, but saw her left-footed strike go wide of the near post.
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James Marrs’s side took the lead five minutes after the re-start when half-time substitute Taylor clinically dispatched her finish past Sophie Cheadle.
But the lead was wiped out only four minutes later as Vicky Ashton-Jones was penalised for a challenge inside the box and Puddefoot made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick, shooting low and hard into the bottom corner.
Phoebe Leitch then set up Taylor with a chance to restore Albion’s lead, but the latter’s strike was comfortably saved by Cheadle on this occasion.
It was the west Londoners that struck next in the 57th minute when Wilson was played through one-on-one with Baker and coolly slotted the ball into the bottom corner.
Somes had a golden opportunity to bring Albion back on level terms with a free header at the far post from Charlotte Gurr’s free-kick, but could not divert her attempt on target.
Cooper arrived late in the box to meet Gurr’s corner, but slid her effort over the crossbar.
Wilson attempted to double QPR’s advantage with a speculative strike from distance that went wide, before Puddefoot sent a looping effort over the target.
Cooper was played through one-on-one with Cheadle and saw her lob beat the Rangers keeper but it went wide of the post, before Charley Boswell headed wide at the far post from Taylor’s in-swinging cross.
Somes had another chance to get on the scoresheet when the ball fell to her inside the box, but she agonisingly miscued her effort as QPR held on for an unlikely three points.
ALBION: Baker; Boswell, Ashton-Jones, C Cooper, Leitch; Dorey (Taylor 45), Barton, Gurr; Natkiel, Somes (Fox 87), D Cooper.
First-team manager James Marrs said, "I don't think we played very well. I don't want to start tearing the players apart because we've been on a fantastic run.
"I thought a draw would have been a fair result on the day and I wouldn't say that QPR deserved to win the game.
"I wasn't happy with the penalty decision, but sometimes those don't go in your favour.
"It's majorly disappointing, but we've got to get our heads up and go back to the drawing board next week."