Town Women knocked out of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup
- Birmingham City 4-0 Huddersfield Town Women
- HTAFC Women knocked out in Third Round of Vitality Women’s FA Cup
- Glen Preston’s side will be looking to bounce back in the County Cup
Town Women exited the FA Cup at the hands of 2012 Champions Birmingham City at St Andrew’s on Sunday afternoon despite holding their own for 60 minutes.
It took five minutes for the Championship side to take the lead. After a string of corners, they eventually succeeded, a looping ball into the box hit came of Marshall and into the back of her own net.
Town suffered a major setback midway through the half as main attacking threat Elford came off injured just after the 30-minute mark.
Town started the second half on the front foot, a driving run forward from Mallin as she gave herself some space to cross the ball in, only for it to be gathered by Stenson in goal for the hosts.
From there Birmingham showed why they had been a Women’s Super League side up until last season. A long range shot from Quinn after 64 minutes was met with a strong hand by Joyce, but it still managed to find its way over the line to double the Birmingham lead.
Three minutes later and the Blues would find themselves three goals ahead, a low drilled ball in was met by Finn on the edge of the six-yard box who slotted it past Joyce in goal.
The fourth came on the 77th minute and Ibbotson’s mistake allowed the ball to fall for Wilson, who had been an attacking threat all afternoon for the hosts - she drilled the ball hard from the left-hand side for it to be met by Pennock to tap in at the far post on her Birthday.
Pennock almost added a second goal to her tally, a skilful run saw here ease past several Town defenders only for her curling shot to go agonisingly wide.
That’s how it finished in front of a crowd of 647 people at St Andrew’s with many Town fans making the journey to Birmingham.
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