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Bolton Ladies 1 Albion Women 4

23 February 2020

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Albion Women progressed through to the semi-finals of the National League Plate with a 4-1 victory over Bolton.

Leigh Dugmore scored two including an outrageous overhead kick, Jade Arber and Hattie James also got goals to send Louis Sowe’s side through to the final four for a second consecutive season.

The opening stages were cagey with no real chances on goal until Bolton took the lead after 16 minutes, Rachel Hindle reacting quickest in the area after Ria Elsmore failed to clear her lines.

The half continued in a similar fashion until Albion got their equaliser. Arber laid the ball off to Dugmore on the edge of the host’s penalty area who curled a sublime effort past Jenny Myler in the Bolton goal.

Albion thought they should have been awarded a penalty shortly into the second half when Dugmore went down under a challenge from Dannielle Bailey, however the referee was left unmoved.

Then came the game’s standout moment on the hour mark. After work down the right, Keeley Davies floated a cross into the area with Dugmore turning and producing an incredible overhead kick, leaving Myler once again helpless as the Baggies took the lead.

The third came eight minutes later when Arber found herself through on goal and confidently finished with her left foot, putting Albion firmly in control of the tie.

Substitute James tested the hands of Myler before sealing the win, firing in from the edge of the area after being teed up by the impressive Dugmore.

Davies then produced another pinpoint cross from the right; however James’ header struck the crossbar to leave Albion’s tally at four.

Louis Sowe’s squad will now face a trip to Plymouth in the semi-final, looking to defend their title from last season.

Albion: Kinnerley; Stamps, Elsmore, Wilcox, George; Orthodoxou, Nymoen (Greaves 67), Davies, Murray (Gallop 67), Dugmore; Arber (James 78).

 Subs: Jewitt

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