Women's Team

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still | Togetherness key in Derby County win

Siobhan Hodgetts-Still.

Albion Women head coach Siobhan Hodgetts-Still believes her side were "excellent" as they beat Derby County in their FA Women’s National League encounter on Sunday.

The Baggies picked up their third victory of the season in all competitions over the Ewes, securing all three points in a physical encounter at the Valley Stadium.

A maiden Baggies strike from Niamh Deasy along with a Mariam Mahmood goal secured the win for Albion, with Hodgetts-Still in no doubt that her side were full value for the triumph.

She said: “I'm absolutely buzzing. I think, for the players and the staff, we've worked hard for it and it's been coming so absolutely buzzing to get the three points on the board today.

“I thought in the first half we were excellent, you know, we got into their attacking half quite a bit, created chances.

“We scored a really good goal and second half, they came out and changed their shape and we had to defensively work hard to to get the result. They dug deep, we had that togetherness and it was a great defensive display in the second half.

Mariam Mahmood in action for Albion Women.

“We managed to get the second goal and a great bit of work by Maz to go and get the winner. Niamh needed that goal and I think she works hard at training and got herself in a great area and got the first goal she deserved.”

The defensive display from Hodgetts-Still’s Baggies was a resilient one and the head coach lauded praise on the effort from the team – a performance they’ll look to build on against Halifax Town next weekend.

She said: “Defensively we were excellent. Taylor [Reynolds] has come in, and played her first 90 minutes in a while, I thought she was excellent, and I thought Jess Reavill was brilliant overall too.

“It was a really great effort and team performance to get the win. It’s a tough league, we've seen some of the results and we haven't always got the result that we wanted.

“Today the girls showed up and we deserved it. We’re looking forward to next week and Halifax are a hard team to play.

“Halifax have won again today and they can score goals. We'll do what we do, we will prepare in the right way and we'll give it everything we can for next week.”