Camp­bell in­jury costs Utd a place in first round proper

Che­sham failed to raise their game against tal­ented op­po­nents

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Lisa Welling tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

PIC­TURE: JON MIKOL BE164304

On the ball: Che­sham Ladies FC’s Tasha Smith in ac­tion against Re­gent’s Park Rangers Ladies at the Meadow ground

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