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Ladies Reach County Cup Final

STOKE CITY LADIES are on course to defend their Staffordshire County Cup trophy for a sixth successive season following a 13-0 semi-final victory over Walsall at the weekend.

The Potters defeated the Saddlers on home soil after numerous postponements in Walsall to reach the final for the eighth time in row.

Jamilla Parker netted five in the rout, with braces also for Jade Boulton and Chantelle Gallagher and others from Laura Garside, Nicola Hudson, Emily Horton and Shannon Weston.

"The task at the start of the season was to win the County Cup again and we have that opportunity is again which is great," said manager Andrew Frost.

"I set the girls out to start quickly and not give them any chance of getting in the game, and we did that and got our first goal after only two minutes.

"We were always in control of the game and there were loads of positive to be taken out of it.

"A good, organised Reedswood stand in our way now but we're confident and are looking forward to the final."

The showpiece occasion takes places at Brocton FC's Silkmore Lane ground on Tuesday 18th March (kick off 7.30pm) with all supporters welcome to cheer the girls on.

First though, they return to league action and host Bradford City on Sunday knowing a win could put them back into second place in the FA Women's Premier League (Northern Division) table.

Stoke have failed to beat them in two league and cup away games this season but Frost believes that can change this time around.

"They are a very strong and well organised team and we have struggled against them this year having played them twice already," he admitted.

"Jamilla was fantastic at the weekend though scoring five goals, and is in good form, whilst we've seen Nicola return to action after nearly two years out injured.

"It was an emotional day for her and we have missed her not only on the pitch but off it too.

"Hopefully we can take the positivity from Sunday into the game and if we stick to our game plan then I'm sure we can come away with the result that we want."

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