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Natasha Miller found the net against her old club as Larkhall Athletic defeated Shanklin 2-1 to reach the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup for the first time in their history, where they will face Tottenham Hotspur.
The defender also played an important role as her team held on for victory and she told Women's Soccer Scene after the game: "It was a bit of a battle. I think we came out of the blocks a bit slow and were a bit lucky to get the two goals, although it was a good time to score them.
"We went into half time with a lot of confidence and built from there. The second half was relatively comfortable and I thought we dealt with them well.
"They [Shanklin] played three in midfield and so do we, so things were tight in there but we used our width well and dominated out wide. But we held strong and dealt quite well with any pressure."
Shanklin had taken a first half lead and it was Natasha who brought her side level against her former team mates, heading in a Cheryl Baber corner. "It is my old team and I still play for the Isle of Wight with most of these girls," she smiled. "It was to nice [to score] but at the same time I felt for them because they did play well today. Going into the game, I knew more than anyone else how tough it would be but it was good to come out on the right side.
"I don't score too many but I think it might have been written today."
The match was settled by an outstanding strike from Larkhall winger Emily Harrington, who scored with a 25-yard lob. "I'm quite glad it didn't go to extra time today as there were a few tired legs out there but it was nice to get the winner and hold out in the second half," she said. "We created a few chances and it was a shame we couldn't get a third goal to make things more comfortable.
"I saw the keeper off her line and just went for it. I didn't think about it too much but it was quite a sweet finish - usually I'm renowned for the flukey goals but I meant that one today," she laughed.
After finishing as runners-up on goal difference last season, Larkhall are again heavily involved in a title battle with Exeter City in the South West League Premier Division. Natasha insists that their Cup run can only benefit the side in the long term: "This season we've brought a few players in and the only problem is that we've got 18 players that could start every week, which is a good problem for the manager to have and he has had to rotate the squad.
"We've had a good season so far with only one defeat and, being in quite a small league, FA Cup runs and County Cup runs help give us more games, which is good for us as we want to make the season as long as possible."
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