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Baggies through to County Cup Final

26 March 2017

WBA FC Women beat Gornal in Semi

Albion got back to winning ways in glittering sunshine after clinching a 3-0 win over Gornal Ladies at Dale's Lane.

Leigh Dugmore struck a double along with Kelly Highman who grabbed her first goal of the campaign as the Baggies reached the County Cup Final for a third successive season.

And it was Dugmore returning to the side following injury who opened the scoring as early as the 6th minute when after hitting the crossbar just moments before, she made no mistake with a deft header into the far corner after Butcher had swung in a right-wing cross. 
 
The Baggies kept up the pressure and Hull flicked a near-post header just wide from a Dugmore free-kick before Stewart's corner was volleyed over from close-range by Cottam.

In the 26th minute Albion doubled their advantage when Highman's lob sailed over the Gornal goalkeeper, who despite best efforts to keep the ball out could only let it slip through her fingers and over the line.

Albion had to survive a scary moment in the closing moments of the First half when goalkeeper Bec Thomas anticipated brilliantly to rush out and clear the ball to safety before any Gornal player could reach it.

Baggies Stopper Thomas was involved again almost immediately after the restart when she recovered well at the second attempt after a Gornal set-piece had caused mahem in the penalty area.

Despite pressure from the visitors, it was Albion that kept control with both Dugmore and Highman planting headers over the bar.

Dugmore then clipped the woodwork after a spin and shot from just outside the box before Walker sliced a near-post effort wide after Stamps had showed clever feet to beat the defender and deliver a telling right-wing cross.

In the final stages it was Stamps again who showed neat skills to nip past the Gornal defender and cut the ball back for Dugmore who had the simplest of tasks to knock it into an empty net and seal Albion's place in the County Cup Final against Coventry United Ladies.

Head coach Craig Nicholls gave his view on the win.

"We are in the final which is all that matters.

"It was not our greatest performance, but we have done the job and I'm looking forward to having the opportunity of retaining the trophy.

"Nice for our younger players as well to gain some experience and hopefully they will take this onboard in the future."

WBA FC Women: Thomas, Butcher, Wright, Stewart, Highman, Hull (c), Sargent, Price, Cottam, Warner, Dugmore.

Rollings Subs: Stamps, Mitcham, Walker, Moore.

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