Tamworth Women have bagged their first piece of silverware since forming two years ago.
Tamworth Women Academy Development saw off Walsall Wood Ladies in the Open Age Nightingale Cup final on Sunday, finishing 3-1 winners of a feisty encounter.
The game saw the Lambs’ Women finish with ten players, while their opponents had two sent off.
The Lambs were quick out the blocks and created a host of chances, commanding the game for the first 20 minutes but were unable to find their ruthless streak.
Eventually, they led courtesy of an own-goal. Liv Woolston’s shot deflected off a Walsall Wood body and beyond the keeper.
Emily Barnes was given sent off before the Lambs doubled their lead, Woolston again involved, rounding the keeper after a break down the left from Aimee Taylor.
Despite being a player short, Tamworth continued to dominate. That dominance was matched with a third goal before half-time – Woolston picking the ball up and slotting home after Taylor had been felled in the box.
The Wood did get a goal back from the penalty spot but Tamworth held on.
There was still time for the Wood to show some indiscipline – ending the game with nine players following a flurry of nasty challenges.
Despite only playing eight games in the competition, boss Ryan Hamilton used the talent at his disposable, naming 39 different players from the club’s Women’s and Girls teams.
“Sunday was a nice end to a frustrating season with lockdowns and a second null and void season in succession,” Hamilton said after the win.
“After two seasons since beginning it’s been a great journey, with two promotions, starting our development team and continuing to grow our girls academy.
“Sunday was a great chance to achieve our first piece of silverware as a Women’s section of the club. The cup’s given us a great chance to utilise a number of players and give opportunities to players from our U18’s team to step into senior football.
“That stat we’ve used around 40 players in an eight-game competition is testament to the quality of players we have within our set up and the coaches that help develop them.
“Winning the cup brings the current season to an end nicely, with pre-season for the new campaign starting this week.”