Woodstock Ladies – 3
Buckingham Athletic Ladies – 1
Buckingham Athletic Ladies were knocked out of the league cup on Sunday at Woodstock Town but for most of the game more than competed with their hosts who are second in the division above. Athletic faced their most challenging game of the season so far, and were given a taste of what life would be like should they gain promotion for next season, but they defended well and had their chances although the home side had the majority of the possession and scored at crucial times to kill off the Athletic resistance, in what was a very good game despite some very strange decisions from the officialdom again!
Woodstock tested their guests defence from the off, barely ninety seconds on the clock when a looping shot from the eighteen-yard line saw Buckingham keeper Ellen Fenables back track to gather, before Steph Kubat was fed in but she scooped her effort over the bar.
On ten minutes Evie Hawkins almost had the first chance for the visitors, set in down their left she had two defenders for company and as they battled for control one got a touch that allowed the ball to spiral back to keeper Amy Bourton before the striker could threaten.
An Athletic free kick was blocked inside the box, but the ball was knocked out to skipper Kerry Stapleton who forced Bourton to block with her feet and the ball deflected over the top, before some great work from Hawkins keeping herself behind the tight Woodstock back line saw Stapleton feed her colleague to beat the offside trap, run on and shoot from the edge of the area but the gloves of Bourton were waiting.
A Woodstock corner then cleared a few heads and fell nicely for Hayley Bennett six yards out but she didn’t get the connection she wanted and only helped the ball out for a goal kick, and a superb delivery from a free kick some twenty yards out from Charley Hamilton saw a mass of heads go up but elude everyone and as everyone jogged back for the goal kick the referee awarded a corner.
On the half-hour mark Stapleton blazed a free kick over the Woodstock crossbar, and two minutes later the home side took the lead when a ball into the box saw Chelsea Markwell use her knee to stop the ball and as it bounced up it deflected off her hand which the official deemed as deliberate and awarded a penalty. Despite the protests Kubat planted the ball into the bottom corner.
A cross from the right saw Rachel Thorpe head straight into Bourton’s hands, but with six minutes of the half left the away side did equalise when Thorpe was slipped in through the home defence and as a challenge came in which left the defender floored, Thorpe stayed strong and confidently knocked past Bourton.
On the stroke of half time the hosts almost regained their lead when a corner saw a header crash back off the crossbar, and a goalmouth melee ensued where no one seemed to be able to get a boot to either clear or score and eventually Fenables threw herself on the ball. H/T: 1-1
Ten minutes into the second half Hamilton screwed a shot wide of the Athletic goal from the edge of the area, but four minutes later the home side regained their lead when Kubat received the ball just outside the Athletic area and had time to slot across the goal face and into the bottom corner.
Central defender Emma Marshall then kept her side in the game on sixty-nine minutes with a superb tackle, a ball through the Buckingham defence saw an attack on for Woodstock, just as it seemed they were in on goal Marshall recovered and executed her tackle to perfection taking the ball off the player’s foot and away to safety.
Hawkins had a ball played through for her to chase down with a quarter of an hour left and out pacing her marker got inside the area before unleashing a dipping drive over the out stretched hand of Bourton but also over the bar.
Woodstock sealed the win with three minutes left when a corner was half cleared to the edge of the area and Bennett fired home to secure their passage into the next round. F/T: 3-1
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