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Leverstock Green 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 2
Leverstock Green overcame a downpour to stage their F.A.Women's Cup local derby with Hemel Hempstead Town but were defeated 2-1 in an exciting tie at Pancake Lane.
In front of a sizeable and vocal crowd, Levvy, in their first season out of County League football, gave their much more experienced visitors a real battle right to the last kick. They held the lead for almost half the match but Hemel eventually took two of the many chances which their attackers created. Green stormed back and had several chances to take the tie into extra time.
The pitch played really well despite three hours of heavy rain prior to kick off and conditions had relented by kick off. Leverstock keeper Helen Orsman had an outstanding match and was involved in an amazing sequence of play on 21 minutes, leading to the first goal.
Hemel's Kayleigh Baker launched a 40-yard chip which forced Orsman into a desperate save right on her line. She got up and punted the ball the length of the field with pinpoint accuracy to send Nicola Hollick through for the opener.
Green nearly doubled the lead when Giselle Subryan rounded keeper Stephanie Johnson but Faye Potton could not convert her cross. Hemel dominated the rest of the half, with Nat McConville, Steph Cripps and Michela Taylor all going close to equalising but Leverstock, with Kelly Randall in fine form in central defence, held out till the break.
The pattern continued in the second half with Hemel becoming frustrated as chances came and went, McConville shooting wide when set up by Charlene Turturici and Orsman denying Baker with a tip over. From the corner, Orsman made a brave flying block to deny an open goal but she was powerless to stop Nashina Mohamed from turning in the rebound from two yards out on 58 minutes.
The keeper then foiled Taylor in a one-on-one contest on 70 minutes as Hemel poured forward in search of the lead. Sub Bianca Hedgecock proved the match winner with a cool finish after outpacing the Leverstock defence on 74 minutes.
The home side raised their game again and went very close, firstly through a series of set piece deliveries from sub Kerry Albury, then in injury time with a lob from their outstanding attacker Subryan which Johnson held calmly on her line under pressure.
Leverstock's cup adventure ended at the first hurdle but they had played really well with great intensity and good organisation. Hemel have players of great talent and experience right through the team and might well go on another FA Cup run, starting with a home tie against Boreham Wood in the next round on October 24th.
Leverstock Green: Helen Orsman, Stacey Russell, Tegan Mann, Kelly Randall, Laura Davies, Rebecca Ferns, Catherine Hurry, Samantha Mitchell, Faye Potton, Giselle Subryan, Nicola Hollick. Subs: Katie Braham, Gaby Bonich, Sarah Audsley, Kerry Albury.
Hemel Hempstead Town: Stephanie Johnson, Gemma Darvill, Lizzie Sergeant, Katie Grossmith, Nicola Morgan, Nat McConville, Kayleigh Baker, Charlene Turturici, Nashina Mohamed, Steph Cripps, Michela Taylor. Subs: Katie Jackson, Bianca Hedgecock.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
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