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Ladies First Team FA Cup Run Comes to an End


Ladies Team News

The first team’s FA Cup run came to an end at home against Coventry Sphinx. The previous round demolition of West Bridgford was never going to be repeated against a well-organised, physical team from the West Midlands Regional League. Chances were few for both teams and as the game wore on it looked destined for extra time and penalties. With 10 minutes to go Sphinx won a free kick on the edge of the box and winger Chantelle Stanley hit a beauty towards the top corner which Lian Rock could only help into the net. And that was that. We still had a couple of chances to equalise but failed with both.

In the League a trip to top of the table Steel City started well with the team scoring twice, through Kim Cox, to go in 2-0 up at half time. We’d also missed a couple of clear chances that we were to regret later. Within 5 minutes of the re-start Steel City got one back and we were forced to defend very deep by a strong, well-organised side. Sheryl Gayle’s pace was a problem for them on the break and on 63 minutes she sped into the box and was clipped from behind as she shot straight at the keeper. Incredibly the referee waved play on! 10 minutes later they equalised from a corner. We then started to put them under pressure with a succession of corners. From the last one Steel City broke away and scored! The whistle blew as we kicked off – football can be cruel!

The last two games have seen us draw away to Retford Utd 1-1 and 0-0 at home to Lincoln Ladies Development. The goals have dried up but the performance of the team has been good and so we look forward to the next two games away at Nettleham and Rolls Royce.  We lie sixth but with games in hand on those above; two wins and we’re back on track.

The Reserves had a patchy month in the League, demolishing Clifton 5-0, then outplaying Notts County for 40 minutes before going to sleep and losing 4-1, and then losing 3-2 to Bingham in a game of many missed chances. In between all of that was a gutsy performance away to Retford Utd in the County Cup. They made Retford work very hard for the win and 5-1 flattered them. Wollaton next in the League before the Christmas break.