Campbell injury costs Utd a place in first round proper
Chesham failed to raise their game against talented opponents
WOMEN’S FA CUP CHESHAM UNITED LADIES........ 2 REGENTS PARK RANGERS ........ 4 CHESHAM United Ladies had only themselves to blame after they crashed out of the Women’s FA Cup on Sunday.
The lasses were furious with themselves for twice throwing away a lead at home to a Regents Park Rangers side who progressed to the first round proper.
The home side knew they were in a game right from the start but on 15 minutes Kirsty Gladwin played a great ball into the box from deep and Gemma Fraser did well to tuck it into the net.
Ten minutes later Regents Park were level as Chesham failed to put a decent challenge in on Regents’ most dangerous player, and then came the decisive moment when an innocuous clash between Dawne Campbell and a Regents forward left Chesham’s skipper unable to continue.
Striker Katie Squire came off the bench and Emma Delves slotted into defence but home keeper Lucia Masella was called into action on numerous occasions, and Chesham knew they had a tough tie on their hands.
Squire looked her usual threatening self, and 10 minutes before the break she hit a speculative effort which squirmed under the keeper, and it was the hosts who went in ahead at half time.
Chesham needed to step it up in the second half, but the opposite happened. They looked nervy and within 15 minutes, Regents levelled when the hosts failed to put a challenge in on a runner from midfield.
Heads went down. Chesham didn’t look like they had the character to get back into the tie and when Livvi Harris failed to meet a pass out from the back, Regents capitalised and grabbed the lead.
The introduction of Laura Barton and Michelle Bailey couldn’t help Chesham find the equaliser, and as they pushed forward, they had plenty of opportunities, but Regents instead broke down the other end to grab the crucial fourth and a place in the next round.
On the ball: Chesham Ladies FC’s Tasha Smith in action against Regent’s Park Rangers Ladies at the Meadow ground