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Women progress to the First Round of the Vitality Womens FA Cup

Women progress to the First Round of the Vitality Womens FA Cup

Kelly Williams24 Oct - 08:00
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A convincing first half performance paved the way for an emphatic win versus Kidderminster Harriers in the 3rd Qualifying Round.

This was the first time the clubs had met in a competitive fixture, Kidderminster will be aiming for a top three finish in the West Midlands Regional Premier Division (Tier 5) and Sporting Khalsa the same in the FA Women's National League Division 1 Midlands (Tier 4).

The game began very well for the home side who went on the offensive from the kick and forced an early corner. Szymkowiak put in a good corner which Kidderminster had to attack but unfortunately for them their attempt to head the ball clear resulted in it going into the back of their net (1-0).

Khalsa continued on the front foot and it wasn't long before Becky Hall found Lowri Walker with a excellent cross field ball behind the defender, Walker cut inside and placed it low past the keeper (2-0).

Khalsa won a free-kick after Joyce was bundled over and Hall turned provider again delivering the ball brilliantly into the opposition 18yd box which was glanced in by Laura Smith (3-0).

It wasn't all one way traffic, Kidderminster had some good moments and caused a few problems when in Khalsa's half and hit the post, but Khalsa soaked up the pressure and had a few really good chances of their own, however we couldn't find the net.

The fourth Khalsa goal came when Laura Smith was first to meet the opposition goal kick, she played in Joyce who cushioned a perfectly weighted ball into the path of Owen who calmly slotted past the on coming keeper (4-0).

We continued to create chances but Kidderminster continued to battle, eventually, composed play from the back into Hall resulted in another assist for her from deep. Hall's pinpoint pass in behind the back line lead to Joyce slotting it calmly under the keeper to grab her first goal for Khalsa and make it (5-0).


The second half was more difficult and Kidderminster re-grouped and tried to adjust their shape and plan to reduce the deficit.

Around 10 minutes into the second half Liddiard replaced Szymkowiak and shortly after Austin-Short replaced Walker.

Wickett grabbed her second goal of the season in around the 64th minute to make it 6-0 just before she was replaced by Stubbs. Laura Smith found Austin-Short out wide who put in a low cross in from the left which Wickett converted.

Khalsa scored their 7th goal with Becky Hall providing her third assist of the game, delivering a great free kick into the box which Kidderminster failed to deal with and Smith just needed to connect with the ball to guide it into the back of the net.

Kidderminster grabbed a consolation goal with less than ten minutes to go following a lapse in concentration, but it was too late to do anything about the result of the tie and overall the girls had been excellent and dominated the game.

Fulltime Score 7-1

All in all a great performance and ensures we progress into the first round proper.

Massive thank you to all that came to support both sides and best of luck to Kidderminster for the rest of the season.

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