Women's Team

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still encouraged by impressive recent form

A close up of Siobhan Hodgetts-Still's face smiling

Albion Women head coach Siobhan Hodgetts-Still says her team put in an “excellent performance” to beat Stourbridge in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division on Thursday.

The Baggies, who are now unbeaten in three, triumphed 4-0 over the Glassgirls, with goals from Delphi Cole, Olivia Rabjohn, Fran Orthodoxou and Simran Jhamat leading them to an important three points.

Hodgetts-Still has no doubts her team fully deserved their win, insisting she’s seen plenty of aspects to be pleased with during their recent fixtures.

She said: “We were amazing throughout. It was a very convincing win. The players stuck to the game plan and we created some good chances.

“To score four goals was brilliant. It was an excellent performance. Everyone in the team was composed, and we built possession when needed.

“We found those half-spaces very well which enabled our full-backs to get forwards to overload in wide areas. We did enough to win and worked hard for it too.

“In the second half, we dominated. We could’ve been a bit more clinical but the four goals that we scored were amazing.

“I’m so happy with the performance the players put in.”

The Baggies avenged the result against Thursday’s opponents from earlier in the season which proved to be extra motivation as Hodgetts-Still’s side prepared for this one.

She said: “For us as players and staff, when we lose a game in the way we did, it hurt. We said to the players tonight, just remember how that felt but remember how far we’ve come.

“As a squad, we’ve developed really well, we spoke about our last four games and the results we’ve picked up. We didn’t want to drop our standards and we felt we could get three points.”

A close up shot of Siobhan Hodgetts-Still's face

Striker Delphi Cole, who scored the first of the night, said: “It was a really good night. We’ve been pushing on for this win. We owed the opposition one today and I think we did that.

“We played really well, especially considering it was the second game in a week. We’ve been saying we needed to push on for a while.

“Beating Stourbridge is another step towards that. We dominated the ball and scored four brilliant goals.

“Me and Liv [Rabjohn] get on very well on the pitch. When she touched it over the defence, I just thought I should hit it.

“Thankfully I managed to place it in the right place. I was delighted when it went in.

“I’m always working on it in training. I want to try and do extra to get that finishing practice on the go.

“It’s paid off today, and I’m glad for that. I’ve always had that work ethic.

“When the defenders want to make it scrappy, I love it. When it’s a pitch like this today, we needed to go out there and battle for our win.”

Olivia Rabjohn scored one and made two against Stourbridge and she’s hoping her team can claim another victory on Sunday when they host Halifax at the Valley Stadium.  

She said: “We’re in good form, we’re playing well. If we play at our best we can get a result.

“We’re all excited for it and we believe we can go and get a win. I think we’ve shown what we can do.

“We’ve gelled really well and found some form. We’ve got that momentum so let’s keep going.”

  • Women's Team