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Huddersfield edge through on penalties
 Women's Football News 18 Dec 2012
 
Huddersfield Town progressed to the Second Round of the F.A.Women's Cup after a penalty shootout victory over Leeds City Vixens. 
 
The match had been postponed seven days earlier but this time around, the Vixens took an early lead after four minutes when an attempted clearance was blocked by Becky Kendall, who shot from distance past a stranded Charlotte Oates in Town's goal.
 
On 17 minutes, Leeds went 2-0 up when a nice finish from Abi Housecroft gave Oates no chance. Just before the half hour, Huddersfield pulled a goal back as nice work down the right from Laura Windle gave Hollie Barker an easy opening goal for Town. Kate Mallin then levelled the scores when she struck a shot from distance and beyond the Vixens keeper.
 
With three minutes of the half remaining, Vixens were ahead again when a speculative cross evaded the Town defence and left a simple finish for Kendall.
 
On the hour mark, Oates kept Town in the cup when the Vixens striker ran clear and was one on one, but Oates managed to place a head on the ball and stopped the attack with a fine save. Seven minutes later and Mallin came to Town's rescue when she headed a goalbound ball off the line. Town were living dangerously and all the attacking pressure was coming from Vixens.
 
With two minutes of normal time remaining, a corner from the right was headed against the Vixens bar but Faye Chadwick was on hand to head the ball home to tie up the game.
 
The two teams entered unwanted extra time with both having suffered a month of inaction due to the poor weather. Mallin brought a good save from the Leeds keeper in the 104th minute getting a hand to a strong shot low to her left and shortly afterwards, Kate Nutter hit the post. Town had the better of extra time but could not find the finish and a penalty shootout was the outcome.
 
The first two penalties from Vixens and Claire Pearson and Chadwick of Town were successful. Then Vixens missed one before Debbie Hastings scored for Town. Vixens scored number four before Nutter hit the crossbar, leaving it level at 3-3. Vixens scored with their fifth kick and Mallin stepped up knowing that a further goal was needed for Town to remain in the cup. Her effort was saved low to the Vixens keepers right but as Vixens celebrated, they were told that Mallin could re-take the kick as the keeper was adjudged to have moved off her line. Mallin made no mistake with her second attempt and the scores were tied up at 4-4. Vixens missed their sixth and Oates stepped forward to score past her opposite number and put Town through after a thrilling game.
 
Huddersfield therefore progress to play Middlesbrough in the Second Round on Sunday 6th January.

 
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