Skip­per strikes to seal FA Cup win

Gloucestershire Echo - - SPORTING INDEX -

CHEL­TENHAM Town Ladies will face a trip to Buckland Ath­letic in the First Round Proper of the SSE Women’s FA Cup af­ter a 1-0 win over Ex­eter City Ladies.

Cap­tain Sarah Walters’ first-half free-kick was the only goal of the game as Town dug in deep against a resur­gent Ex­eter side.

The open­ing 20 min­utes saw the teams strug­gle to get set­tled in the game, and it turned into a scrappy and feisty tie.

Chel­tenham had the bet­ter of the chances in the first-half with Sally But­ter­field go­ing close and Ella Hitch­cox hav­ing the best chance, with her dinked ef­fort go­ing inches wide.

The Robins got the break­through on the brink of half-time, when Walters’ long-range free-kick forced goal­keeper Bil­lie Denny into a mis­take.

Chel­tenham went 1-0 up at the break but Ex­eter started the bet­ter in the sec­ond half, forc­ing Bec Pan­niers

into some fine saves.

City came close to lev­el­ling when So­phie Gilles’ ef­fort from out­side the box can­noned off the bar.

Chel­tenham were on the back foot with Ex­eter push­ing for an equaliser, but with An­nie Martin and Hitch­cox up front – they were a threat on the counter-at­tack.

Martin came close af­ter some clever foot­work on the left wing but Denny saved well.

Town’s res­o­lute de­fend­ing was enough to keep Ex­eter out and South West Divi­sion One ri­vals Buckland now await.

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