Report and reaction from yet another afternoon of silverware for the Reds
By Matty Paddock - 05/05/2019
Posted 3 weeks ago
JAMES ASTLE hailed the latest peak in a remarkable season for Harriers Ladies after they lifted the League Cup on Sunday.
The Reds overcame Sedgley & Gornal 3-1 to lift the trophy – just seven days after clinching the County Cup with a handsome 4-1 success over Worcester United.
It comes in a season that’s seen Harriers go on a remarkable FA Cup run – charging from the Preliminary stages to the First Round proper where they were beaten by Wolves – and finished runners-up in the league.
Understandably, Astle was thrilled with the latest success, telling harriers.co.uk: “We have two games to go in the league and we want to go and win those, but this was the culmination of our season in terms of what we could get and go for.
“In 18 months, what we’ve achieved is fantastic, and maybe winning the league would have been the icing on the cake, but with two cups and the FA Cup First Round – that’s incredible really and nobody can take it away from us.
“The plaudits we’ve had from teams in our league have been quite humbling, and you’ve got to say this has been a successful season.”
The League Cup final, played at Stone Dominoes, saw Harriers take an early lead after Sophie Richards netted inside 12 minutes.
Not long after the restart, Amie Savva crossed for Kirstie Bavington to make it 2-0, before Sedgley pulled a goal back from the penalty spot.
…you’ve got to say this has been a successful season…” James Astle
Harriers, though, kept their heads high and overcame one or two nerves to find a decisive third goal through the prolific Alex Nicklin who planted a header into the back of the net.
Reflecting on the tie itself, Astle added: “We looked very comfortable with the formation we’ve got, and at half-time we knew what it was all about and what we were going to do.
“The back four were excellent and the changes we made had a great impact, and they killed the game off for us.
“We conceded a goal from a penalty and perhaps took our foot off the gas a little bit and got a bit nervy at 2-1.
“The final goal was a great delivery from Bav and it was a bullet header, straight into the back of the net, and the game was done.”
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