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Kelly Aldridge admitted that Keynsham Town gave one of their best performances of the season when beating Gillingham 4-1 to reach the Fourth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup.
Struggling in the Southern Division table, Keynsham turned their league form around to run out convincing winners over a team which had beaten them in both league matches this season. "It's been a while," Kelly told Women's Soccer Scene afterwards. "I don't think we've been on our best form for quite some time now. It was nice that the girls came out and gave it all and its obviously made a difference as we have won 4-1."
Gillingham took an early lead through Natalie Crinean but Keynsham hit back quickly and grew stronger as the match went on. "It took a lot for the girls to come back [after going behind]," said Kelly, "but after we levelled it, we stepped up the pressure and they [Gillingham] never looked like coming back so it was nice to go on and score another three past them."
The 21-year-old winger gave a superb display on the left and scored the third goal to help her side on to victory. "I actually thought it was going slightly wide but it hit the post and went in so it was a bit of a relief," she recalled. "I went through and had to keep my composure and found the far right corner of the net."
Kelly has been playing her first season of Premier League football after joining last summer from Gloucester City but has adjusted well to the higher standard. "The girls have been brilliant," she said. "If anything goes wrong they tell me to get my head up and get on with it. I've been here nearly a season now and it's a big step up but game after game, your confidence grows and you get used to the level."
"It was one of our better performances, we looked so relaxed on the ball," added Keynsham defender Becky Tweed. "We've not played badly in some games, just not taken our chances and conceded sloppy goals.
"I know they say you make your own luck but I feel from this season to last. we've been very unlucky. Today it all came together, we scored our chances and kept the ball well.
"We have a great team spirit in the dressing room so once you get one or two up and are comfortable on the ball it makes all the difference."
Keynsham should discover their Fourth Round opponents this Sunday as Portsmouth and Sheffield FC attempt to play their twice-postponed tie, with the winners travelling to the Crown Field. "Portsmouth are in our league and we're quite familiar with them as we've played them for the last few seasons," said Becky. "I think it would be interesting to get Sheffield as they are a very decent side and it would be a good test for us and very different - if you get a team in your own league that's fair enough but the FA Cup is meant to be something different."
In the meantime, Keynsham must focus their thoughts on a desperate battle for survival which has left them bottom of the table, starting with this Sunday and a crucial home match against Becky's former club, Millwall Lionesses. "Every time you play against your old club, it's something special," she smiled. "We haven't had the greatest results in the league but today could turn things around.
"People have said that we're down and we're out, but we're not going to give up yet."
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