Women's Team

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still | Albion Women 'deserved' victory over Derby County

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still.

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still says Albion Women were deserving of their 1-0 victory over Derby on Sunday afternoon.

The Baggies travelled to the Ewe Rams and came home with all three points thanks to Simran Jhamat's strike.

And the head coach believes the result, which brings them to within two points of the East Midlanders, is one which was deserving of their recent showings in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division.

"All the staff and all the players were buzzing with the result," She said.

"I think we deserved it. The three points and a clean sheet, you can’t get better than that before Christmas.

"I thought first half we dominated, it was a good game, but second half I thought we looked under the cosh a little bit at times, but I thought we dealt with it really well.

"I think from the last two weeks, how well the girls have performed and not got the points, today tops it off for us and I’m really happy."

Olivia Rabjohn in action (Photo: Terri Lee)

The Baggies were forced to battle for their clean sheet in the victory, with Lucy Jones pulling off a number of strong saves to maintain her side's advantage.

Hodgetts-Still believes that shut-out is a bonus for her group, and something she hopes they can build-upon in the new year.

"We said to the girls, we want to get a win, get three points on the board and a clean sheet as a bonus, and I think we deserved it as well." She said.

"Derby made it difficult for us in the second-half, but we defended well, stayed in the game and took our chance when it came.

"There was a real togetherness which got us over the line at the end when Derby threw everything at us.

"Lucy helped us out immensely by pulling off some top saves, and coming for some important crosses as well. The whole back four did brilliantly though as a unit, they were solid and we could go on from there.

"We have to build now after Christmas, the girls have a few weeks off now, and then we go again after and try to build on the momentum we’ve gained over the last couple of weeks."