Match Reports

Baggies through to next round

ALBION Women moved into the Third Round of the Birmingham FA County Cup following a 3-1 win away to Crusaders Ladies on Sunday.

Lucy Finch's first goal for the club along with a brace from Hattie James ensured the Baggies bounced back from last weekend's defeat to Stoke.

It took just three minutes for Albion to go ahead when Finch found space at the near-post to steer home a Kikomeko right-wing corner.

Lauren Price then saw a curling left-footed strike parried away by Mbanga before Hull's clever knock back at the far-post was cleared off the line by Brazil.

Albion continued to dominate, but had to be thankful to goalkeeper Charlotte McElroy who did brilliantly to smother a close-range effort from Spencer just before the break.

But there was nothing McElroy could do in the 51st minute when Dyson's 35-yard looping free-kick sailed over the Baggies keeper to draw Crusaders level.

Yet it took just five minutes for Albion to restore the their lead when substitute Hattie James nipped around keeper Mbanga to slot home.

And the Baggies wrapped up the victory with ten minutes remaining when James for the second time in the game rounded keeper Mbanga to finish with great aplomb.

ALBION: McElroy, Finn, Hull (c), Butcher, Finch, Burton, Kikomeko, Moore, Taho, L.Price, Bacciochi.

Rolling Subs: Reynolds, Vincze, James.

Albion host Leicester City Women in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division on Sunday, November 26 (ko 2.30pm).

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