AFC Ladies survive late scare to seal FA Cup progress

THUMBS UP: AFC Sudbury celebrate scoring against Wymondham
THUMBS UP: AFC Sudbury celebrate scoring against Wymondham

AFC Sudbury Ladies 3 Wymondham Town Ladies 1

FA WOMEN’S CUP

SECOND ROUND

QUALIFYING

AFC Sudbury Ladies 3

Wymondham Town Ladies 1

AFC Sudbury booked their place in the FA Cup third qualifying round with a hard-fought victory over Wymondham Town.

After a tentative start to the match, it was AFC who looked the brighter with their passing and movement on the pitch opening up the space.

In the 12th minute their passing style created the opening goal when a neat move found Hannah Bray on the edge on the 18-yard box, who fired the ball in over the keeper.

The goal proved to be a catalyst as Sudbury’s lead was quickly doubled after excellent wing play by Kayleigh Steed, whose cross found Chloe Mills, who thundered a shot into the net on the volley.

A mere three minutes later it was three when Natalie Golding played in Emma Squirrell, who latched on to the ball before lobbing over the onrushing keeper and into the net.

With their commanding advantage, the home side seemed to relax as their tempo dropped and their play became somewhat predictable in fashion as the half drew to a close.

Wymondham came out after half-time looking like a team with nothing to lose and looked the more dangerous.

And they almost reduced the deficit shortly into the second period, calling Helena Brodie into action, making a brave save at the feet of an onrushing forward to keep the advantage intact.

Despite Wymondham looking the more likely to score, AFC had a shot tipped round the post from a free-kick on the edge of the box.

However, the pressure finally told and Town were rewarded by gaining a penalty on 70 minutes for a push in the box, which was well taken leaving Brodie no chance.

Spurred on by their goal, the visitors continued to pour forward. However, Wymondham were almost caught out on the break as Kayleigh Steed’s effort on goal required tipping over the bar.

A nervous-looking Sudbury survived a late scare as a Wymondham corner was brilliantly palmed away by Brodie, to secure progression, where they will now face West Billericay at home, on Sunday, November 11.

n The AFC Ladies’ attentions turn to the Suffolk Women’s Cup with an away match to fellow league team Ipswich Wanderers.