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Colne Valley 0 Yeovil Town 8
Colne Valley's F.A.Women's Cup adventure came to a close with defeat by Premier League Southern Division high fliers Yeovil Town.
The four division gap between the two teams was too wide for the Greater London League hosts and the Glovers scored eight unanswered goals in a highly professional and entertaining performance. However, Valley gave a brave and wholehearted display which deserved at least a consolation and, supported by a crowd of around 200, kept a positive attitude right to the final whistle.
Yeovil opened with a crisp display of passing and movement which resulted in series of corners. From one of these, Valley keeper Jemma Moss did well to clear Emma Brazell's delivery under pressure as far as Justine Lorton, whose goalbound effort was well defended by Laura Spark. Just when it seemed that Valley had resisted the initial barrage, an unfortunate own goal gave Yeovil the lead. Debbie Watson, at full stretch to defend a left wing cross, floated a header beyond Moss on 14 minutes.
Three goals in as many minutes around the middle of the half ended the match as a contest. Brazell took a return pass from her own short corner to curl in a beauty at the far post, Katie Cook hammered in a near post effort and then Laura Bray beat the offside trap to finish calmly past Moss as Yeovil threatened to run riot.
Valley responded well as Watson robbed Rosie Williams and closed in on Beth Howard's goal where a rising effort was tipped over acrobatically by the young Yeovil keeper. Charmaine Benham was a consistant threat for the Yeovil back line as Valley enjoyed their best spell of the match.
Just when it seemed that the home team were coping with the Yeovil attack, Lorton showed a touch of class, firing a low 25-yard effort into the bottom left corner, giving Moss no chance on 41 minutes for a 5-0 interval lead.
Yeovil showed great desire to add to their lead after the break, Brazell crossing on to the bar then setting up Cook to go close. Louisa Richards had a sight of goal for Colne Valley from a weak clearance but was unable to beat a retreating Howard from 30 yards. Stacey Pearson was having a fine game out on the left and she was involved in setting up Cook's second and then Bray's second, both from close range finshes before the hour mark.
Yeovil's central defenders both ventured forward in a bid to join the scorers' list. Rachael Edwards exchanged passes with sub Grace Rapp but was denied by an offside decision. Williams stormed forward later but was stopped by solid defence. Jade Radburn had a sight of goal but shot straight at Moss.
Cook completed her hat-trick on 80 minutes with another neat finish but Valley avoided any further damage despite an amazing scramble from a corner where three Yeovil efforts were cleared away from the line by Moss and her defenders.
Perhaps the most impessive feature of the contest was that the number of fouls could be counted on the fingers of one hand despite a fully committed approach from both teams. Yeovil maintained their tempo and attacked with width all game whilst Colne Valley gave their all to stem the tide and constructed a number of dangerous raids of their own, deserving the prolonged appreciation of their supporters at the end.
Colne Valley's five-match campaign will have benefitted the club both financially and in terms of experience whilst Yeovil face a very different challenge at Huish Park next week in the Premier League Cup against Leeds United.
Colne Valley: Jemma Moss, Louise Stephens, Jenny Thraves, Laura Spark, Siobhan Williams, Louisa Richards, Mica Powick, Debbie Watson, Natalie Spencer, Lucy Uttley, Charmaine Benham. Subs: Megan Hicks, Vicky Juliff, Michelle Culver, Jade King, Becky Laffan.
Yeovil Town: Beth Howard, Mitch Keehan, Rachael Edwards, Rosie Williams, Emma Brazell, Jade Radburn, Laura Wensley, Stacey Pearson, Laura Bray, Katie Cook, Justine Lorton. Subs: Grace Rapp, Nadine Grogan, Charlotte Tibbs, Kirsty Whitton.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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