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Parkwood Rangers 1 Colne Valley 4
Colne Valley's dream F.A.Women's Cup run continues after a 4-1 win away to Parkwood Rangers at Bexley Park Sports and Social Club.
Both clubs had enjoyed three excellent wins over higher level opposition to reach the First Round Proper of the competition and, after an even first half, it was the Surrey-based Greater London League Division One team who found the finishing power to build a decisive lead before Rangers notched deserved consolation late on.
Parkwood only entered senior competition in 2010 after an outstanding record in girls football and their youthful team gave a fine account of themselves in the opening half. Valley looked dangerous at times, especially from Debbie Watson's set piece delivery and the aerial threat of Charmaine Benham and Louisa Richards but Parkwood moved the ball around very fluently and looked to exploit the pace of Laura Reilly and Rebecca Parkin in particular.
In fact it was from a corner of their own that Parkwood went very close to opening the score on 15 minutes, just failing to turn the ball home after a prolonged scramble inside the six yard area. Natalie Spencer nearly scored for Valley on 23 minutes but Kelly Amer was down quickly to turn her shot wide. Spencer then set up Lucy Uttley but Amer again reacted well to parry the ball.
Parkwood had the ball in the net on 38 minutes but play was brought back to award a foul on a Parkwood player in the build up. The home side finshed the half in control with Corrie Goodhew sending Reilly clear for a shot and Emily Vaughan having a header from a corner cleared off the line after her fine turn and shot had been deflected just wide of the goal.
Colne Valley returned with a killer blow just fifteen seconds after the restart. Spencer got clear on the right and crossed for Benham who scored low in the right corner at the second attempt. The same player was inches away from adding a second goal a minute later but it was not long before her strking partner Richards got Valley's second with a powerful low shot from 15 yards past Amer on 55 minutes.
Needing to respond, Parkwood went close when a clearance from Valley keeper Jemma Moss hit Vaughan and drifted just wide of the post. Despite being injured in the incident, Moss later made two very good saves to preserve Valley's lead, especially when Millie Main got clean through on 76 minutes. The value of this was emphasised two minutes later when Benham rose high to head in Watson' corner to effectively seal Valley's progress.
A good finish by Watson gave the score an unrealistic air as Valley added a fourth, but Reilly got clear to reduce the arrears and give the good home support something to cheer. Another fine save by Amer denied Benham her hat-trick but Colne Valley were home and dry.
Parkwood Rangers made every effort both on and off the pitch to make the day a success. They came up short against a determined Colne Valley side but did the competition proud with their efforts to make a good sized crowd supporting both clubs welcome and their effort and attitude on the field. Brislington's defeat to Exeter City means that Colne Valley are now the sole surviving County League club in the competition.
Parkwood Rangers: Kelly Amer, Millie Main, Corrie Goodhew, Jade Goodall, Lauren Bullen, Rebecca Parkin, Lucy Evans, Alanna Royston, Krissy Howlett, Laura Reilly, Emily Vaughan. Subs: Gemma Nice, Natalie Parr, Amy Buchanan, Kelly Gilbert, Kelly Goldsmith.
Colne Valley: Jemma Moss, Louise Staples, Mica Powick, Laura Spark, Siobhan Williams, Becky Laffan, Natalie Spencer, Debbie Watson, Charmaine Benham, Louisa Richards, Lucy Uttley. Subs: Jade King, Megan Hicks, Vicky Juliff, Michelle Culver.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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