Cheal rings changes in cup goal bonanza

Gloucestershire Echo - - CHELTENHAM TOWN -

» 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.

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