McNamara | 'We were ruthless from the word go'

Dan McNamara credited the performance of his side by saying the football 'was some of finest all season' as the Old Gold thrashed local rivals Stourbridge 8-0 to secure their place in the second round of the FA Cup where Peterborough United will be the visitors.

Wolves Women didn't have to wait long to see the first goal of the afternoon, with hat-trick hero Jade Cross poking home inside the opening six minutes. Amber Hughes, Beth Roberts, Sophie Bramford and Anna Morphet were the other four scorers on a goal-crazy afternoon at the New Bucks Head. 

McNamara spoke about his thoughts on the impressive victory, a prolific Jade Cross display and Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie against Boldmere St Michaels at Compton.

On his thoughts on the performance

"I thought we were excellent today. We talked about a reaction from last week, and I thought we were ruthless from the word go.

"Some of the football we played was outstanding, some of the finest I have seen all season, to be honest, and they struggled to live with us at times.

"We scored some really good goals and there were some really stand out performances - Jade Cross coming in after what has been a difficult few weeks for her so to get a hat-trick and Amber [Hughes] again to get the goals that Amber does.

"I'm really pleased overall; really all-round performance to start our FA Cup run this year with a really good response from a disappointing previous weekend.”

On Jade Cross's excellent performance

"As I said, Jade, you know what you are going to get from her. She loves the football club, and she is the club's leading goal scorer for a reason.

"Her and Emma, I know they would have really enjoyed that today and loved being back on the pitch, so credit to both of them.

"They have come back on, and it is like they have not been away. The game time for them over the past few weeks has been a little lower than what they would of wanted but they are a massive part of what we are trying to do here at Wolves.

"We have seen today they have both stepped back in, and you don't think they have been away at all and great performances from Jade and Emma, so delighted for both of them.

"But as I said I thought in the first half there was 11 fantastic performances and the three players that came off the bench influenced the game so really pleased overall and look forward to the draw tomorrow.”

On how the two long stoppages in the second half affected the game

"I think it slows it down. It makes it difficult to try and build any momentum in the game.

"There were a few difficult injuries for them to deal with, so it probably had an input, and we took our foot off the gas a little bit at times in the second half.

"To come away with an 8-0 win against a side in the same division as us in the first round of the FA Cup is a credit to the girls and the work they put in this week.

"We looked at how Stourbridge set up, and we felt we could really hurt them in certain ways, and we went out and executed the game plan perfectly, so delighted for the girls.

"Another mention as well is Summer [Holmes] to get 55 minutes into her after a long layoff, she moved the ball fantastically well, and I thought she was another outstanding performer in the 90 minutes, so delighted overall.”

On taking on Boldmere in the Challenge Cup at Compton Park next weekend

"We have to go out and execute the same kind of performance next week. It will be tough against Boldmere as they have some fantastic players who really want to battle.

“It will be interesting to see how they got on today and, hopefully, we can look at them this week, and we will focus on them like we do every club, as we don't disrespect anyone.

"Training this week will be based around how we are going to get some positive returns from next weekend. 

"We look forward to being at Compton and playing at Compton, and hopefully we can progress into the semi-final of the Challenge Cup as well.”