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Yeovil Town progressed into the second round of the F.A.Women's Cup at the expense of Saltash United with a 3-0 victory.
With both sides in fine form in their respective leagues but suffering from fixture backlogs, co-operation was needed to get the match played after awful weather in the South West. The Cornish club relinquished their right to play at home and Yeovil were able to provide a playing surface at Tintinhull which had survived the downpours of the previous 48 hours.
In fact, the match was contested in glorious sunshine and was well contested in an excellent spirit. The prolific South West Combination leaders were well contained for nearly an hour by their South West League opponents before Lindsey Roe opened the scoring.
Two Jemma Tewkesbury goals sealed the tie in Yeovil's favour but Saltash made a fine impression with a disciplined defensive performance which contained the lively and talented home forward line for much of the game. Yeovil created all the early chances, Lindsey Roe hitting the post with a 30-yard effort on seven minutes, then forcing a fine diving save to keep out another long range effort. Jemma Tewkesbury showed why she is so prolific in the league with a diving header against the underside of the bar and a brave effort to force in the rebound at the expense of an arm injury.
The Ashes gradually forced their way into the match, firstly with a excellent lofted free kick on 25 minutes which tested Rachel Simkin's agility in turning the goalbound effort over the bar and then with two or three other promising attacks which tested the Yeovil defence. However, the home side finished the half well with Tewkesbury again going close, shooting over on 42 minutes.
Yeovil continued to press after the break with Terri Trowbridge prominent on the right wing but it was Roe who finally broke the deadlock on the hour with a precise shot from the edge of the area on the hour and Tewkesbury doubled the advantage with another excellent diving header shortly after. The result was sealed when Tewksbury converted a penalty awarded for a foul on her on 77 minutes.
Saltash had worked very hard to contain Yeovil with great teamwork and covering and have a very impressive young team, including three County representative players, in only their fourth year since reforming the club. Yeovil, top of the South West Combination, have had an outstanding season so far with experience and talent all over the pitch and on the bench and will hope to maintain both a promotion push and enjoy a Cup run.
Yeovil will play either Cullompton Rangers or Forest Green Rovers in the Second Round.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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