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Ascot Utd 6 Swindon Supermarine 0
Southern Region League Ascot United moved into the First Qualifying Round of the Vitality Women's FA Cup with a dominant 6-0 win over South West Regional opponents Swindon Supermarine, featuring six different scorers at their Racecourse home.
Putting the visitors under almost constant pressure over the entire match, the Yellawomen were denied a greater margin of victory by the woodwork three times and by brave defending and goalkeeping.
It took 26 minutes for Ascot to break down a stubborn Supermarine defence. A right side corner from Sarah Davern, whose crossing and set piece delivery were excellent throughout, was met by a powerful Georgia Luckhurst-McCord header. The second came from a superb passing move after a rare spell of Supermarine pressure, Nicole Brown finishing with a neat shot into the bottom right corner of Lauren Stephenson's goal.
The visiting keeper had already denied Emma Hutton with a good save but was rescued by her left hand post twice within a minute right on half time after powerful Hutton efforts, to keep the deficit to two at the break.
Supermarine returned with their best spell on the restart, matching their opponents and getting further up the field without ever troubling home keeper Lisa Phillips. However, two goals in as many minutes restored the home control. Davern delivered another inviting cross for Kelly Rideout to head home, then Jen Thraves added a superb fourth from 25 yards.
Anna Margetts had taken over in goal for the injured Stephenson and foiled the Ascot attack with several good saves until substitute Amy Woollard added a fifth on 70 minutes with a clever run and low shot.
The sixth scorer was Hutton, deservedly getting reward for tireless running and good link up play, set up by Woollard. Supermarine continued to battle hard to the final whistle but Ascot had been in control throughout and looked a well organised and progressive team, duly recognised by the sizeable crowd at the end.
Ascot Utd: Lisa Phillips, Georgia Luckhurst-McCord, Lucie Kroutilova, Lauren Townsend, Laura Spark, Dominique Carrington, Kelly Rideout, Jen Thraves, Nicole Brown, Emma Hutton, Sarah Davern. Subs: Frances Henderson, Amy Woollard, Isobele Woods, Georgia Bowers, Freya Johnson, Darcey Young.
Swindon Supermarine: Lauren Stephenson, Jordan Higgs, Sophie Edwards, Shannon Gabb, Lauren Coward, Emma Jones, Clare Hill, Jodie Clark, Emma Wilson, Anna Margetts, Yasmine Denny. Subs: Lauren Eagles, Chloe Leadbetter.
(REPORT BY PATRICK HIGGINS)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Georgia Luckhurst-McCord challenges Lauren Eagles for the ball
(middle) Sarah Davern and Jordan Higgs
(bottom) Emma Jones under pressure from Jen Thraves
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