Women's FA Cup Prelim Rnd: SWLFC 1st 3 : 2 Harworth Colliery LFC
Sunday 20th Sep 2020 (311 Views)


Sunday 20th Sep 2020 (Match Date)

Vitality Women's FA Cup - Preliminary Round.

SWLFC 1st 3 : 2 Harworth Colliery LFC



Michelle Stephens, Lucie Spendiff, Sophie Trotter,

Jess Birtles, Kelly Biney, Sophie Eyre, Demi West,

Phoebe Davis, Channy Rymer, Jodie Stancill, Emily Higgins,

Jess Morrison, Liv Mellor, Kelsey Murphy-Bigley.


The Owls played hosts to Harworth Colliery at the Sports Park in the Women's FA Cup in what was the squads first game since training resumed back in early August. Holidays, pitch availability and circumstances had meant our ladies had played just one friendly prior to todays game so they were keen to blow the cobwebs off. Reserve players Kelsey Murphy-Bigley and Liv Mellor stepped up this week to bolster the squad.

The game started with both teams settling into the game with nothing between the sides. The Owls had the better of the first half with early chances falling to Emily Higgins with a shot put wide and Jess Morrison who was thwarted by the keeper as she looked to round her. It was to be a frustrating day for Jess with the keeper pulling off no less than 4 one on ones with Morrison. Harworth forced a couple of corners in the 13th minute with the Jess Birtles and Demi West clearing comfortably. Another good double save from the Harworth keeper in the 17th minute again from Jess Morrison. Midfielder Kelly Biney was unlucky with her effort after forcing her way through on 18 minutes. Wednesday got the goal they deserved on 22 minutes when Emily Higgns beat both defender and keeper to the ball turned inside and curled a shot from the left hand side over defenders and into the net, great goal and 1-0. Jess had another shot saved and pushed for a corner Jodie Stancill saw a lob from the resulting corner drop over the cross bar and Channy Rymer went close with a shot curled just wide and over after a clever corner with Jodie.

Half time: 1-0

A good first half for the Owls with efforts a plenty and only the Harworth keeper to thank for keeping it to just a solitary goal. Harworth had not really troubled the Wednesday goal other than from a few corners.    

The second half started much the same way with Jess again through on goal but putting the ball wide and Emily (in great form) shooting just over again and then through on goal in the 11th minute but also shooting wide. Jess finally hit the net on 62 minutes after once more outpacing the defence and running onto a great ball from Sophie Eyre. The keeper got a hand to the shot but couldn't stop the ball hitting the net and 2-0.

Harworth then had a great 15 minute spell which was ignited on 67 minutes when a Harworth player mis-hit a cross that dropped over Michelle Stephens in the Wednesday goal to make it 2-1. Harworth's heads were up and they took the game to the Owls and were rewarded 5 minutes later with a great goal down their right side before slotting past Michelle. It was now game on and the Owls rallied and with 5 minutes to go Jodie Stancill played a great ball through for Jess to run onto, she rounded the keeper who pulled Jess back but the ref waved play on and she kept her feet and hit the ball home for 3-2. The Owls saw out the game and deserved to progress to the next round even though there had been a nail biting 10 minutes towards the end of the game.

Full Time: 3-2

Manager Dave Higgins comments: 

A great run out for us today, an unusual preseason has seen us probably fitter than we have been as a squad before but we have only managed one friendly which was cut short after 65 minutes due to lack of daylight. I thought the team played well, deserved the victory and we could have won by more goals but for a great performance from Harworths keeper. Harworth had a great spell in the second half when they scored their goals and it did get a bit nail biting but other than the goals I cant remember too many clear cut chances for the opposition. Well done to all our players and to Kelsey and Liv who joined the squad from our Reserves.

We are in no doubt that the step up to the premier league will be a tough one for us this season but the players are looking forward to the battle. Next week our first league game away at Ossett.


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