Sunday 19 March 2017

Yeovil Town miss out to Notts County on quarter- final spot

Notts County knock Yeovil Town out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup

Yeovil lose 3-2 to previous FA Cup finalists, Notts County in the fifth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

Today saw Yeovil’s first match of the 2017 season as an official WSL 1 side. The Lady Glovers had two debutants in the squad, Nia Jones who recently joined from Reading FC Women and 17-year-old development player Ella Pusey, as well as the return of ex- captain Natalie Haigh.

The first fifteen minutes, both sides had equal amounts of possession which saw the quarter being an exciting end-to-end encounter. However, as time passed, Notts began to build their tempo and started putting pressure upon Yeovil’s backline. After the 25-minute mark, Jade Moore separated the teams by finding the back of the net from a corner.

Yeovil carried on battling and midfielder, Nia Jones created a chance after striking the ball on target causing Notts goal keeper to parry out to Nadia Lawrence. Despite Yeovil’s fight and excellent passing through midfield, Notts continued to keep The Lady Glovers back line, Natalie Haigh, Hannah Short and Helen Bleazard busy.

At half time, Ella Pusey made her debut after replacing Steph Williams. Shortly after the second half commenced, another substitute was made seeing goal keeper, Charlotte Johnson replace Charlie Haynes due to a quad injury. Moments after the change, Yeovil were punished after Kirsty Linnett puts the ball into top corner. However, Yeovil showed determination and dug deep showing their winning mentality by continuing to pressure the Lady Pies defence, beginning to create trouble.

On the 85th minute, Kelly Snook picked the ball up from the outside of the box and was tripped inside the box creating a penalty for the Lady Glovers. Quinn took to the penalty spot and throttled the ball directly into the back of the net, making history by scoring the first goal for Yeovil Town Ladies as an official WSL 1 side. Another substitute was made with Bow Jackson replacing Nadia Lawrence.

Minutes after the penalty, Notts react by creating a chance that lead to Hannah Short clearing the ball with a powerful header which deflected onto Bow Jackson that looped over goal keeper Charlotte Johnson increasing the gap to two goals.

Yeovil began to build momentum in the final stages of the match when a chance appeared as the ball dropped in front of Kelly Snook allowing her to let lose a half volley low into the far bottom corner, closing the gap to a one goal difference. Although the Lady Glovers began to worry the Notts County side in the final minutes of the match, the final score ended at 3-2.

Manger, Jamie Sherwood said on the defeat: “There were periods of the game where we had a lot of momentum and we put Notts County under a lot of pressure and I believe that their goals were preventable which is disappointing”

“Overall we put in a good account of ourselves and we have shown that we can challenge in this league and that is really pleasing.”

“As a first team manager, I am very proud of what we done in the second half.”

Yeovil Town: Charlie Haynes, Natalie Haigh, Ellie Curson, Steph Williams, Annie Heatherson, Nadia Lawrence, Kelly Snook, Nia Jones, Lucy Quinn, Helen Bleazard, Hannah Short

Substitutes: Ella Pusey on for Steph Williams (46), Charlotte Johnson on for Charlie Haynes (53), Bow Jackson on for Nadia Lawrence (86)

Substitutes not used: Leah Burridge, Nicola Cousins

Bookings: Nia Jones

Notts County: Carly Telford, Shelley Provan, Danielle Buet, Louise Quinn, Rachel Williams, Kirsty Linnett, Aileen. Whelan, Jade Moore, Angharad James, Leanne Crichon, Laura Bassett

Substitutes: Megan Walsh, Jessica Clarke, Bianca Bragg, Niamh Cashin. 

Bookings: Rachel Williams 

Referee: Martyn Fryer

Attendance: 443

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