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Copsewood (Coventry) are through to the Third Round of the FA Women's Cup after a 2-1 victory against FC Reedswood.
Having already beaten two teams from the Midland Combination, Copsewood knew that they could not afford to take their West Midlands League visitors lightly. The game started at a fairly slow pace with both teams getting used to the different surface which the game was being played on but after ten minutes it was the hosts who created the first chance as Abiyola Riley raced through on goal, rounded the keeper but hit her shot just wide of the post.
The next chance fell to the visitors and they made it 1-0 as overall poor defending from Copsewood resulted in former player, Becky Knight, being left unmarked ten yards out from goal and she placed the ball past the helpless Nikki Duncan.
The goal seemed to rattle the home side, as for the next fifteen minutes they looked shaky all over the pitch but Reedswood were unable to create any other chances during this period. With ten minutes of the half remaining Copsewood finally looked like they wanted to compete and both Sarah Rowles and Kirstie Deacon saw their efforts go over the bar.
Everyone associated with Copsewood knew that they had to raise their game in the second half or they would be knocked out of the competition. The second half began with Copsewood on the front foot and they had now upped the tempo and work rate in their play which was forcing Reedswood to sit deeper and have less bodies forward. On 55 minutes, Nicola Foskett was introduced to the match and, having been out of action since early December, she got her comeback off to the perfect start as she latched on to a kick from Duncan in goal and with what was her first touch of the match, she elegantly placed the ball over the Reedswood keeper.
The goal came as a major boost to Copsewood and Foskett nearly doubled the lead but was thrawted by an excellent save. On 65 minutes, the home side took the lead as Jodie McGuckin hit a vicious corner into the box and it struck a Reedswood defender and went into her own net.
The last twenty minutes of the game saw Copsewood create more chances but they were unable to convert any of these but credit must go to the players as they were able to see out the game without any real scares.
All in all manager Ryan Conneely was delighted with the result. Although they were far from their best throughout the game, to turn around a 1-0 deficit showed great character from the Copsewood players and they can now look forward to the Third Round where they will host Larkhall Athletic of the South West Combination.
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