Heckler’s four-some as Rovers crumble
EMILY Heckler grabbed four goals as Huddersfield Town beat Blackpool Wren Rovers 10-1 to ease into the next round of the FA Women’s Premier League Cup last weekend.
Debbie Hastings got the ball rolling after 19 minutes with the first of her hat-trick, while Stephanie Smith and Katie Lockwood – twice – also came to the party.
Katie Barnes brought up double figures with her first goal for the club, before Rovers’ Gemma Hatson curled home a free-kick late on to spoil the hosts’ hopes of a clean sheet.
“I always feel sorry for the opposition when they’re on the receiving end of that kind of scoreline and we have had those in the past,” said Huddersfield manager Glenn Preston.
“We set the target of not conceding and if we did, it needed to be something special. It was a good free-kick and there’s not a lot you can do about those.”
Last season’s semi-finalists Cardiff City also made it through to the first round proper after a 1-0 victory over Enfield Town.
Hope Suominen, Amy Wathan and Kelly Aldridge all saw chances wasted but Cardiff eventually broke the deadlock with a screamer fired in by Chloe Lloyd from 25 yards.
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United fared worse, though, and were knocked out by C& K Basildon after Karissa Rooney’s looping first-half goal secured a 1-0 win.
Newcastle United, leaders of the Northern Division after two games, were also knocked out after a 2-1 defeat at home to Bradford City.
The Bantams took the lead late in the first half after Katie Nutter’s right-footed shot deflected off the sliding Claire Pitt, leaving Laura Wareham stranded.
Newcastle should have equalised before the break but Lizzy Campbell lofted a good chance over the bar.
The second half saw the hosts begin to take control, until Charlotte Stuart put in a high challenge on Pitt, forcing her off injured with Newcastle having used all three substitutes.
The visitors took advantage, Sarah Danby netting to double their lead on 67 minutes after Hannah Campbell had pulled the ball back from the byline.
Newcastle still had the majority of possession despite having lost a player and picked up a consolation goal on 81 minutes, Beth Gardener curling a 25-yard free-kick into the top right corner. Blackburn Rovers beat fellow Northern Division side Loughborough Foxes 6-0 and Nottingham Forest were emphatic 8-0 victors away at Leafield Athletic.