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Mole Valley Women 0 AFC Acorns 11
AFC Acorns made a superb entry into this season's Women's FA Cup with an eleven-goal Extra Preliminary Round win over Mole Valley Women at Westcott Sports Club.
The Nuts dominated from start to finish against a very young Moles team who fought hard to contain a fast and fluent Acorns attack but were grateful for some good goalkeeping to limit the score.
Moles keeper Poppy Power had already made two saves before Sarah Killick-Bird opened the score in the fifth minute. A well placed header from Amy Sheppard from a corner doubled the lead three minutes later. Janine Daly made it three with a low shot just after the twenty minute mark.
Power made a couple of good saves to deny the Acorns attack but was beaten when a shot from Chloe Higham hit both posts before rolling over the line. Mole Valley's Sam Chase had a good run on the Acorns goal before a Killick-Bird tackle foiled her at the the expense of a corner on 40 minutes.
Two further goals before the break were harsh on the home team, a penalty by Lauren Tyler, then a close range finish by the same player after Power had made a good save.
Things looked bleak for the Moles when Emily Kendall added a seventh on 48 minutes and Rebecca Nesbit with a fine lobbed finish past the advancing Power added the eighth three minutes later. Due to injury, Power was unable to continue and Chase took over the jersey for Mole Valley.
The visitors continued to attack with Higham notching her second, then Tyler completing her hat-trick on 70 minutes to take the tally into double figures. Keeper Chase made several brave saves in one on one situations before substitute Emily Flegg found the net to round off the scoring.
To their credit, Mole Valley never let their heads drop and had their best spell of the match in the final minutes, but the Acorns defence were as sound as their attack was prolific, protecting keeper Hope Laker's clean sheet with some good blocks and interceptions.
A sizeable crowd with support for both teams made it an atmosphere worthy of the Women's FA Cup but the result was never in doubt and AFC Acorns look set for a good season in the South East Counties League (and maybe the Cup as well) on this showing.
Mole Valley Women: Poppy Power, Molly Warner, Erin Nothnagel, Emma Parker, Paige Watts, Lucy Hearn, Harriet Langfield, Ellie Ranger, Hayley Downing, Molly Sadler, Sam Chase. Subs: Sophie Fitzgerald, Caitlin Weir, Meghan Branch, Sally Russell.
AFC Acorns: Hope Laker, Shaney Love, Poppy Nichols, Sarah Killick-Bird, Emily Kendall, Amy Sheppard, Pam McDonnell, Lauren Tyler, Janine Daly, Chloe Higham, Rebecca Nesbit. Subs: Emily Flegg, Jade Page, Millie Morley.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Emily Kendall shields the ball from Lucy Hearn
(middle) Janine Daly gets in a cross past Emma Parker
(bottom) Ellie Ranger battles for possession with Pam McDonnell
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