100 not out for Cross

Striker Jade Cross took her Wolves Women goal tally past the 100 mark in style – with a hat-trick!

Cross went into Sunday’s National League Cup Determining Round tie against Sporting Khalsa needing just one goal to bring up her century.

Not content with one, however, she struck three times in the 4-2 victory to make it 102 goals in just 137 appearances for her home town club.

The 23-year-old striker said: “It was a fantastic feeling to get to 100, that took away the pressure I’d been feeling and I just carried on from there.

“I’d tried hard not to think about the stat coming into the season, but I suppose it was inevitable that it was in the back of my mind.

“So, it was relief as well as jubilation I felt when that first goal went in – now I’m hoping I can keep scoring to help us have a great season.”

Cross was last season’s Golden Boot winner in the National League Division 1 Midlands with 29 league goals in an overall total of 32 in all competitions.

Now she is aiming to repeat the feat, though helping Wolves win promotion is her top priority no matter how many goals she bags.

The lifelong Wolves fan, brought up and still living in the East Park area of the city, said: “The most important thing for me is to make a solid contribution.

“Winning the Golden Boot last season was great, it was the highest number of goals I’d scored in a season so that was very satisfying.

“But we’ve got more strikers in our squad this season than last year, so the goals will probably be more spread about and I’ll be happy if that means promotion.

“After Sunday’s win we want to progress as far as we can in the League Cup and in every competition we enter – but promotion is definitely our main focus.”