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Albion Women head coach Siobhan Hodgetts-Still encouraged by recent form after resounding win against Stourbridge

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 triumphed 4-0 over the Glassgirls with an impressive array of goals from Delphi Cole, Olivia Rabjohn, Fran Orthodoxou, and Simran Jhamat leading them to three points.

Hodgetts-Still has no doubts that her side were well deserving of their win, and has seen plenty of signs to be pleased with during their recent transformation – the Baggies are now unbeaten in three.

“We were amazing throughout,” Hodgetts-Still lauded.

“It was a very convincing win.

“The players stuck to the game plan and we created some good chances.

“To score four goals 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 it.

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

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

The Baggies avenged the result against Thursday’s opponents from earlier in the season, where they lost 7-2 at the War Memorial Athletic Ground.

That one proved to be extra motivation as Hodgetts-Still’s side prepared for the rematch in Darlaston.

“For us as players and staff, when we lose a game in the way we did, it hurt,” Hodgetts-Still admitted.

“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.”

Albion are set to welcome Halifax to the Valley Stadium on Sunday, March 17, a game in which they have another reverse fixture to avenge.

“We’ve gone and got some great results against decent sides,” the head coach said.

“We beat Huddersfield away and to get a draw against Burnley is terrific.

“To come here today and pick up three points is amazing.

“It’s a three-game week, it’s hard but we don’t stop here.

“We’ve got to build on this and we want to replicate that on Sunday.

“Away from home against them, we just weren’t clinical enough.

“We want to put things right in this game.

“We need to recover right tomorrow and then we’ll have a look as to what we can do on Sunday.

“I want another three points.”

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