Five of the seven women’s football sides in FA Cup action on Sunday afternoon progressed to the next round following victory, with only two, Retford, and Sherwood, falling by the wayside, Basford United winning big when on the road at Long Buckby.
A brace from both Izzy Sullivan and Laura Porritt, they netting one apiece in each half, set Basford on their way to victory, with late goals from Maisie Plumb and Alana Crawford sealing progression.
Basford’s first goal saw Izzy Sullivan collect a through-ball from Devon Cousins before finishing well after ten minutes, then she turned provider with ten remaining in the half for Laura Porritt to put the ball brilliantly into the bottom corner.
The second period was just five minutes old when Porritt doubled her tally for the afternoon, a mix-up in the Long Buckby defence seeing her slip in behind, and slot home; the hosts then had a player sent off on the hour following a dangerous tackle on Anna Butcher (she being replaced by Ella Dorman in the aftermath), and it downhill thereafter.
Sullivan then got her second, and Basford’s fourth of the afternoon, with a little over twenty remaining following great work from Porritt out wide, and Sullivan smashing the ball home; then, as the game headed towards the final ten, Maisie Plumb hit the pick of the bunch.
Collecting the ball fully thirty-five yards from goal, yes 35-yards, she proceeded to unleash a rocket of a shot which arrowed straight into the home ‘keeper’s top corner, she’s replaced shortly after by Chloe Barkes.
Although they could have settled for the five, Basford promptly hit a rasping sixth as the game hit the ninety-minute mark, Alana Crawford letting rip from the edge of the box and, like Plumb before her, found the top corner of the opposition goal.
Through to the next round of the FA Cup in style, catch what Paul Adams and Laura Porritt had to say after the convincing win on the road here.
Basford United – Emma Porter, Keeley Sanderson, Kayleigh Downes, Anna Butcher (Ella Dorman, 60), Libbi Manciene (Evie Taylor, 81), Devon Cousins, Maisie Plumb (Chloe Barkes, 78), Alan Crawford, Izzy Sullivan, Laura Porritt, Georgia Gladwin
SJR Worksop continued their fine start to the season with another win, this time 3-1 away to Kiveton Park as Emily Myatt bagged herself a hat-trick.
Arnold Eagles won 2-1 at home to Skegness Town, Nottingham Trent eased past visiting Long Eaton United 6-2, and Mansfield Town saw off Kettering Town 3-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw.
Of the two sides exiting the competition, Retford were on the wrong end of a 9-2 score-line when away to Leeds Modernians, whilst Sherwood lost 4-2 on penalties, after a goalless draw with visitors Beaumont Park.
Meanwhile, it was one through, one out in the FA Women’s National League’s League Cup competition, Nottingham Forest continuing their defence with a comfortable, 2-0 home win, over divisional rivals, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Hollie Manders netting twice, one in each half, with the second coming from the penalty spot with seven minutes remaining.
In the other game, Notts County crashed out when home to Premier North opposition in AFC Fylde, the visitors romping into a six-goal, interval lead with Ginny Lackey netting twice; no further goals were scored in the second period, the visitors easing through on the back of a 6-0 win.
Several games were also played in the Nottinghamshire Girls & Ladies League, with plenty of goals to boot, Newark Town top-scoring with thirteen in a home, 13-2 win over Hucknall Town.
Other results in the Seniors Division One saw Arnold Eagles Flyers win 7-0 at home to Teversal, Nottingham Trent Pinks defeat Keyworth United 6-1, and Mansfield Town Development squeeze a 3-1 home success against Radcliffe Olympic.
*Article provided by Peter Mann (Senior Correspondent).
*Main image @BasfordLadiesFC a super win for Basford Ladies over Long Buckby in the cup.