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Bristol Rovers hot shot Trudy Williams is hopeful that her team can finally break through the semi final barrier this season and reach their first ever F.A.Women's Cup after three semi final defeats. The veteran striker produced a top class display with four well taken goals to help propel Rovers into the last eight with a 6-0 victory, at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday.
Rovers are now away to Tranmere Rovers in the last eight and will start the match as hot favourites, but Trudy told Women's Soccer Scene that her team are taking nothing for granted. "We'll be expected to win but it doesn't always go like that," she said. "Tranmere have obviously done well to get this far and we will not take them lightly.
"A home draw would have been great, because we are confident that we can beat anyone here, and we also wanted to avoid Arsenal at this stage."
Rovers produced a 'professional' display on Sunday to beat their Northern Division opponents, with three first half goals eventually proving too much for a battling Wednesday side who tired in the latter stages. "We got the early goal and that seemed to settle us", said Trudy. "It wasn't the best we've played all season really, we did play in fits and starts.
"When we play against a team from a lower division, we go in with the same attitude as we would if we were playing Arsenal. But they made it difficult for us, they put players behind the ball and kept it tight and we had to stay patient."
Trudy's four-goal haul included a left foot and right foot finish, as well as a superb headed goal but she remained modest about that one, saying: "It was a great cross from Carrie (Kveton) which helped me, and it flew into the corner of the net."
So can Rovers finally go all the way this year? "I'm hoping we can go one better this time," admits Trudy. "We were unlucky to be drawn against Arsenal in the semi finals last season. We have the best squad that we've ever had here and are going to give it our best shot. This might be my last chance to get to the Final and I really want to do that.
"As for the league, anywhere in the top three would be great. Winning the league is unrealistic because Arsenal are not going to drop many points but we can still fight for second place. We are in a battle with Charlton and Everton, and both teams still have to come here and play us."
Trudy recently went back to the top of the goalscoring charts in the National Division, and two more goals would ensure that she became the first player to score 20 top flight goals in a season since Angela Banks achieved the feat in 2001. "Being top scorer is a bouns really," she says. "I have won the award in the Southern Division but never in the top flight. I came closest three years ago when I finished second to Marieanne Spacey in a year when I was relegated with Barry Town and it would be nice to finish top this time."
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