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Godalming Town 2 Mole Valley Ladies 5
A stunning first half display saw South East Counties League Division One West club Mole Valley into the last eight of the Capital Intermediate Cup with a 5-2 away victory over higher division opponents, London & South East Regional League side Godalming Town.
All seven goals were scored in a frantic first half, five of them in the opening eighteen minutes as the visitors opened up a 4-1 lead. Things settled down after the break but Valley's win was well deserved after an excellent performance in just their second season in senior football.
Godalming actually created the first dangerous opening when fine work from Tamara Sidwell saw Rebecca Munro denied by Valley keeper Christine Ross but were then hit by three goals inside eight minutes. Ella Bale, twice, and Sarah Chapman were on hand to finish after very fast and accurate passing had bypassed the home defence and left them clear through to shoot past Cerys Hambly.
Godalming were also threatening on several occasions in a wide open match and Munro immediately reduced the arrears on ten minutes after outpacing the defenders but Mole Valley restored their three goal advantage on 18 minutes with Chapman again going clear before lashing the ball high into the net.
Hambly denied Bale her hat-trick with a good save low to her left and Munro kept the hosts in the hunt on 28 minutes with an excellent chipped finish over the advancing keeper Ross.
Chapman completed her hat-trick on the stroke of half time as the visitors completed a clinical 45 minutes where the pace and energy of their play had been very impressive.
Unsurprisingly, the break allowed both teams the opportunity to tighten up their defences and the second period was devoid of goals, if not chances. Godalming showed admirable resolution to keep pushing forward with intent, but the final ball was largely lacking in accuracy, Ross having only one difficult save to make midway through the half to prevent Munro notching her treble.
At the other end, Hambly, after a difficult first half with little protection, made several brave saves to deny the visitors and a good catch late on from a powerful Charli Blunt shot from distance to ensure a blank second half.
Godalming had played with pride and determination after a poor first ten minutes but were overcome by a young team playing with real confidence, moving the ball quickly and accurately in tight situations and supporting each other all over the field with clever movement for a well earned win and Capital Intermediate Cup progress.
Godalming Town: Cerys Hambly, Kim Pickett, Teigan O'Donnell, Taylor Newcombe, Mairead Wheeler, Helen Taylor, Hannah Cooper, Nicki Jefferd, Tamara Sidwell, Rebecca Munro, Maz O'Byrne. Subs: Alice Ribeiro, Charlotte Clawson.
Mole Valley Ladies: Christine Ross, Tanya Dady, Olivia Stuart, Lily Turner, Leila Aymiba-Golding, Jessica Downes-Evans, Ishbel Zuurmond, Laura Curtis, Hannah Thomas, Charli Blunt, Ella Bale. Subs: Sarah Chapman, Ally Greig, Marta Perez, Jasmin Baker, Louise Cooper.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Christine Ross gathers under pressure from Rebecca Munro
(middle) Tamara Sidwell is pursued by Leila Ayimba-Golding
(bottom) Kim Pickett shields from Lily Turner
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