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Whyteleafe 0 Worthing Ladies 1
Worthing claimed a Women's FA Cup Second Round Qualifying berth and a visit to Wycombe Wanderers after a single goal away victory over London & South East Regional League side Whyteleafe in their delayed tie.
A very evenly contested match of good quality was settled by a Sara Tubby header twenty minutes from time, but Worthing had to survive a late barrage of pressure in order to secure the win.
The visiting South East Counties League Premier Division leaders created the better chances in a tight first half. 'Leafe keeper Daniella Mitchell had to be alert to parry a Samantha Mee cross and then save a shot from the resulting corner.
Whyteleafe frequently got into good positions through fluent build up play but were unable to get shots in on goal.
Worthing used the early ball to their speedy strikers to good effect and in one such attack, Sophie Humphrey was inches wide with a curling shot from the edge of the area but generally both defences were in charge during the opening period.
The visitors went close in the opening minute of the second half as home defender Shanna Doherty was well placed to clear a header from a corner off the line. However, Whyteleafe then had their best attacks of the match, Katherine Butts firing just over, Olivia Woolacott drawing a good save from Amy Coster, then Hannah Duncan heading over from the resulting corner.
Jess Lewry was denied by another fine save by Coster after another good 'Leafe move on 58 minutes. Worthing were always dangerous on the break and Humphrey fired over the bar when through on goal. Beth Kincaid went close at the far post and then provided the crucial pass for the winner on 72 minutes. Her through ball was inch perfect for Tubby to nip in and guide a cushioned header over the advancing Mitchell.
Whyteleafe upped the pressure and laid siege on the visitors' goal. The hugely experienced defensive pairing of Tammy Waine and Rebecca Thompson-Agbro were forced into several last ditch interceptions as the home side dominated the ball and forced their way repeatedly into the Worthing area.
One final diving headed clearance by Waine saw Worthing through to celebrate a very hard fought victory and a place in the Second Round Qualifying.
Whyteleafe: Daniella Mitchell, Shauna Doherty, Hannah Duncan, Mercedes Broomfield, Morgan Parnell, Giorgia Dunne, Olivia Woolacott, Sacha Brinkley, Katherine Butts, Suzanne Davies, Jessica Lewry. Subs: Rachel Innes, Hayley Moles, Danielle Johnson, Amy Reader, Hayley Halford.
Worthing Ladies: Amy Coster, Rebecca Thompson-Agbro, Hannah Hewlett, Sara Tubby, Sara Hinton, Gemma Worsfold, Samantha Mee, Beth Kincaid, Tammy Waine, Brooke Marshall, Sophie Humphrey. Subs: Gypsy Sutcliffe, Elinor Adie, Ashleigh Kirby, Beth McKellar.
(Report by Patrick Higgins)
Photos by www.jamesprickett.co.uk:
(top) Sacha Brinkley is challenged by Beth Kincaid
(middle) Jessica Lewry denied by a save from Amy Coster
(bottom) Sara Tubby heads in the only goal of the game
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