Women's Team

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still | There are still plenty of improvements to make

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still on the side of the pitch wearing black Albion training gear

Albion Women head coach Siobhan Hodgetts-Still believes her side were "deserved winners" against AFC Fylde in the FAWNL Northern Premier Division on Sunday.

The Baggies left it late to record a 1-0 victory at the Valley Stadium in Redditch as Jess Reavill leapt above her marker to head home just seconds from the full-time whistle.

Despite the last-gasp triumph, Hodgetts-Still wants to see even more from her side in their final two fixtures of the 2023/24 campaign.

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still watching a training session while wearing black Albion training gear

She said: “I’m pleased to get the win. It’s good to get the three points on the board and to keep the momentum going.

“In terms of the performance, in the first half it was good in large parts and we created some good chances. Fylde made it really hard for us, they defended very well and got around second balls which made it scrappy.

“I don’t think we were as good as we can be in possession, especially in the attacking third. However, the girls kept going and scored with the last kick which was great.

“I’m pleased to get the win, but we know there are things we can work on and things we can fix.

“It’s about recognising how the opposition set up. They fought for themselves today and we had to work really hard.

“It was scrappy and there were a lot of transitions. I think we made it a little more difficult because we didn’t keep the ball as well as we know we can.

“Full credit to Fylde for sticking at it for 90 minutes. I felt we were deserved winners overall though.”

Goalscorer Reavill has looked at home since joining on loan from Leicester City in December, slotting into the back line seamlessly alongside Lucy Newell.

The centre-back grabbed her second goal in Albion colours on Sunday, helping her side to a clean sheet on the way to victory as well.

Hodgetts-Still said: “Jess deserves it. She’s had a couple of chances to score in recent games and I’m glad she’s got one today.

“I thought we defended well. I don’t think Fylde caused us many problems. I can only think of a couple of opportunities they had in the second period.

“I thought Jess and Lucy were excellent defensively and I’m pleased Jess got the winner.”

The Baggies have a short break before their return to league action against Stoke City on Sunday, April 21 when they make the short trip up to the bet365 Stadium.

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