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Foresters impress on debut
 Women's Football FA Women's Cup News - 5 Sep 2019
 
FA Women's Cup News - Foresters impress on debut - 5 Sep 2019 - Women's Football NewsMilford & Witley 1 Tunbridge Wells Foresters 5
Tunbridge Wells Foresters made an excellent start to their Women's FA Cup campaign with a 5-1 away win over Milford & Witley in the Preliminary Round.
 
A sizeable and appreciative crowd at Chiddingfold FC's immaculately turned out Coxcombe Lane Rec enjoyed the September sun and a convincing win for the visitors, despite being made to wait by a hard working Milford team before a second half rush of goals.
 
Kelly Moran sent in a dangerous free kick for Foresters before Milford keeper Holly Nunn made a fine save to deny Eleasha Hyner.
 
Foresters continued to threaten but Milford went very close their first attack on 18 minutes when Becca Singleton had a shot blocked for a corner which lead to a far post header narrowly wide.
 
Maisie Gibb made several good breaks down the left for Foresters but Milford defended strongly and were quick to clear their lines with keeper Nunn always alert to danger from through passes. Finally, right on the break, a right wing cross was converted by Sara Walker for a deserved lead for the visitors.
 
Two goals in a minute settled the outcome early in the second half. A clever one two freed Rhona Wignall to score off a post and Nia Lewis added a third with a good finish from the edge of the area on 57 minutes. Becky Janes fired a shot inches over from distance before Maisie Gibb netted a fourth on 68 minutes after another quick through ball sent her clear on Nunn's goal.
 
More good work down the right by Wignall set up the fifth goal for Karli Povey with ten minutes left but it was the hosts who had the final word with an excellent solo effort by skipper Singleton, cutting inside a defender before curling a 25 yard effort beyond Helena Fothergill. It took a piece of magic to outwit a defence, marshalled by Alex Weston, which had given little away.
 
Foresters continued to create chances with good play right to the end but, despite not converting any, had ran out impressive winners in their Cup debut in a well contested match.
 
Both teams will compete in the South East Counties League Division One West starting next week but it is Tunbridge Wells Foresters who will enter the First Round Qualifying of the Women's FA Cup, where they will play Phoenix Sports.
 
Milford & Witley:
 
Holly Nunn, Catherine Poleykett, Beth Gorniak, Sarah Rogers, Fran Strange, Rose Schofield, Louise Skerry, Emma Rogers, Lauren Barrow, Delphine Adburgham, Becca Singleton. Subs not used: Jasmine Hawkins, Alex Perity.
 
Tunbridge Wells Foresters:
 
Helena Fothergill, Hollie Rabbitt, Alex Weston, Samantha Burton, Charlotte Coulter, Nia Lewis, Eleasha Hyner, Kelly Moran, Sara Walker, Becky Janes, Maisie Gibb. Subs: Karli Povey, Courtney Smith, Rona Wignall.
 
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
 
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
 
(top) Milford's Louise Skerry challenges Foresters' Becky Janes
(middle) Becca Singleton under pressure from Alexandra Weston
(bottom) Kelly Moran battles for the ball with Lauren Barrow

 
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