Women's Team

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still confident in preparations ahead of Derby County test

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still.

Albion Women head coach Siobhan Hodgetts-Still believes her side will have "intensity" in their preparations as they look ahead to their clash with Derby County.

The Baggies were due to take on Wolves Women in their Birmingham County FA Challenge Cup semi-final tie last Sunday, but the game was postponed owing to illness in the Wolves camp.

And Hodgetts-Still says the spare weekend has come in handy as they look to bounce back from successive defeats.

She said: “We were disappointed that we didn't have a game, but we can’t help the circumstances. Both Reading against Blues and our game got cancelled. We hope everyone at Wolves is back on the mend and that they have everyone back in training soon.

“It was fairly late when we found out. It was on Thursday, so it was then up to us to look at training and doing things a little bit differently. We planned a session on the Sunday of the game instead, so we’ve had an extra couple of hours and the girls have done great.

“They’ve been getting up to speed and making sure they don’t miss a Sunday and trying to get on top of it. We haven’t got a game on Sunday too, so what we didn’t want to do is have two weeks of not playing and going into the Derby County fixture a little bit rusty.

Albion Women in training.

“We’ll continue to plan the weeks ahead and make sure we get the intensity up in training with the girls.

“There’s definitely things we could work on and we’ll try to highlight that over the next couple of weeks. We’ve got the opportunities to get the players in and iron out those creases that we found in our last couple of games.”

The Baggies are back in action against the Ewes on Sunday, February 4, having beaten their FA Women’s National League rivals in the league and the cup already during the current campaign.

Hodgetts-Still said: “We’re confident but every game in this league is a hard one. We can see in the results; everyone beats everyone and we’ve done very well twice against them.

“We’ll go in with confidence so hopefully, we’ll work hard to get the three points that we want and that we know we can get.”

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