It was Vitality Women’s FA Cup fever in Nottinghamshire on Sunday as five of the seven clubs from the county progressing to the third qualifying round, which takes place later this month.
Of those in action Retford would be the only side beaten, losing 4-0 at home to East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League side, Dronfield Town, whilst Basford United, Mansfield Town, Arnold Eagles, Nottingham Trent University, and Sherwood, all progressed.
Mansfield Town romped into the next round when they won 8-1 at home to Bugbrooke St Michaels as Ellie Marshall fired home five, and Georgia Gladwin three, in the win; Andi Bell’s side lined up for their big, FA Cup win, as follows –
Vanessa Kinnerely, Taylor, Amy Dawson, Hutsy, Townsend, Beckwith, Jessica Parker, Gabriella Foulkes, Georgia Gladwin, Ellie Marshall, Evans
Basford, they went through on penalties when away to local rivals, and fellow Notts clubs, Notts County; the first three spot-kicks were missed in the shoot-out before the visitors edged through, 4-3 on penalties.
Natasha Leach and Courtney Walters both scored braces as Arnold Eagles progressed on the back of a 5-2 win away to Thrapston Town, Mollie Rowden also scoring, whilst Bailey Sipos scored twice as NTU won 4-0 at home to Allexton & New Park, Alice Rogers and Eliose Hembrough also scoring.
The reaming cup game saw Sherwood win 1-0 at home to Rugby Town, Tiffany Elliott netting for the hosts; the draw for the next round, games to be played Sunday 23 October, is as follows –
Crewe Alexandra Women vs. Sherwood Women; Oughtibridge War Memorial Women vs. Nottingham Trent University Women; Basford United Women vs. Sedgley & Gornal United Women; Peterborough United Women vs. Mansfield Town Ladies; Solihull Moors Women vs. Arnold Eagles Women
The only other game played involving a women’s club in Notts was that of Nottingham Forest Women Reserves, away to Sporting Khalsa Women, in the FA Reserves Midlands Women’s League.
Second to Forest’s arch-rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers Women, Forest’s second string romped to a 5-1 win, with first team shot-stopper, Aja Aguirre, taking her place between the sticks.
Three goals to the good at the interval thanks to goals from Jessica Waplington, Mia Charzia, and Olivia Edwards, within the opening half hour; further goals were added late on via Olivia Standeven and Summa Betts.
At the top of the Reserves league, Wolves are three-from-three, and Forest two-from-two, both picking up where they left off last season and, with seven different scorers netting for the Reds second string, Betts’ late fifth was her third of the campaign.
Next up for Forest Reserves, an away day in the cup, at Leeds United Reserves, before consecutive league encounters, at home to Doncaster Rovers Belles Development, and West Bromwich Albion Development.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @MTFCLadies impressive Mansfield won comfortably in the cup.