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Town Ladies progress to next round of FA Cup
Town 2 - Ashford 1
Eastbourne Town ladies produced another win in the FA cup progressing to the next round at a sun drenched Saffrons this afternoon. Right from the Kick off Bourne made sure Ashford knew it was they who were the home side. The enterprising Kate Love was working the left wing like a wippet chasing a rabbit, causing the Ashford defence all sorts of problems much to the dismay of a vocal Ashford manager. The ball was entreched in the Ashford half and when it did get past the Town Midfield it found a solid defence with a master class in defending by Jot. The first half was all Yellows attacking as the Ashford defence looked to be wilting in the heat . On around 35 minutes Kate Cornford had the sense to ask to be changed as she was suffering from an injury. Manager Garry Pierce brought on the energetic Reb who slotted in to a forward position. On 40 minutes Town scored their second. A cross come shot by Kate Love for her brace, much to the delight of the watching crowd that numbered around 70.

Attacking the home end in the second half Town had a different game of football to play. Ashford, switching to 3 at the back. It meant it was always going to need a gritty, sensible display from the girls. This was when the togetherness from the last couple of games started to show through again. Birthday girl Amanda Hall was getting stuck in and again Sarah da Silva was winning everything in the air. Town now came under immense pressure but kept their heads, not doing silly things but playing to the corners, supporting each other and defending in numbers.
Ashford finally breached the Town rear-guard with a stunning volleyed goal giving the keeper, who had been superb all afternoon with her catching, kicking and distribution, no chance. This stung Ashford in to action and POM Jot earnt her sandwiches with tackle after tackle, supported by each and every one of the Town ladies who battled for every ball, giving Ashford no time to settle. It was an anxious 4 minutes off added time that seemed to last an eternity, but finally the whistle sounded on what had been a pulsating encounter with jubilant scenes amongst the town ladies.
Next week the ladies are away to Woking in the league, then they travel to Lewes in the next round of the FA cup, in 2 weeks time .For what is a really testing challenge.
29 September, 2006

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