Cheal rings changes in cup goal bonanza
» CHELTENHAM Town Ladies cruised into the GFA Women’s Trophy semifinal with an emphatic 9-0 win at AEK Boco.
Robins manager Alex Cheal used the match as an opportunity to rest some players but the changes didn’t impact the Robin’s close passing style with Hateley and Fensome controlling the midfield from the off.
Rose Knuckey opened the scoring in the third minute and with Sally Butterfield and Ella Hitchcox marauding down the wings the desire to build an early lead was plain to see.
Becky Wilkins scored her first goal for the Ladies to double the advantage before Louise Fensome and Hitchox added two more.
With the ability to use rolling substitutes in cup matches Cheal brought on Georgia Brown, Jade Wiltshire and debutant Abby Bevan for the second half and again a crisp passing rhythm was established.
Butterfield, Wiltshire and Issy Newns all added further goals with Fensome capping a strong performance with a hat-trick.
Cheal said: “This was a good solid performance today and it was great to keep a clean sheet.
“We look forward to the semi-finals which sadly will not feature our second string who lost by the solitary goal.” Cheltenham Town Ladies: Panniers, Purvis, Morris, Leask, Hateley, Fensome, Wilkins, Hitchcox, Butterfield, Knuckey, Newns, Wiltshire, Bevan Brown.