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Pools Women March On In FA Cup

23 September 2019


Pools Women March On In FA Cup

23 September 2019

Pools Women have been rewarded with a home tie in the next

round of the FA Cup after enjoying a comfortable away win at Yorkshire Amateur

on Sunday.

Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes' outfit swept aside their West

Yorkshire hosts with a clinical performance at the weekend to run out 5-0

winners and set up a home tie with Blackburn Community next month.

Sunday's result was rarely in doubt and, after a positive start,

Pools were in front on 8 minutes when an outstanding switch of play from Sarah

Rowbotham released Caitlin Bates and she raced through to round the keeper before

finishing from a tight angle.

Jenni Duffy-Smith flashed an effort just wide after good

work from Robyn Foster as Pools continued to press and they doubled the lead on

20 minutes when Duffy-Smith's corner was converted by the impressive Rowbotham.

Pools eased off a little towards the break but they almost

went in 3-0 up when Justine Robinson raced through and finished in style only

for the goal to be ruled out for offside.

There was a quick start to the second half as Duffy-Smith

sent another effort just wide, while both Foster and Bates tested the keeper with

shots on goal.

However, the third goal arrived nine minutes after the restart

when Robyn Ingram's ball sent Foster through and she showed great composure to

finish smartly.

Gibbon-Hayes shuffled his pack with the introduction of

three substitutes just after the hour mark and they brought fresh energy to the

performance as Pools went in search of more goals.

Savanna Robson saw a shot brilliantly saved by the home side's

keeper but she wasn't to be denied and found the net with six minutes remaining

after a brilliant run and pull-back from Robinson.

An excellent team move saw Pools make it 5-0 two minutes

later; Alisha Smith set the ball rolling from the back before Faye Garside and

Duffy-Smith combined to release Foster who finished superbly.

“I am delighted with the result,” admitted Gibbon-Hayes.

“It was a game we never looked like losing and, for me, itwas nice to put last weekend's disappointing defeat behind us.

“I thought the back five were outstanding and that enabled

the forward players to really dictate the game and we looked a real threat when

we attacked.

“All three substitutes had an impact when they came on and Ithink that shows the importance of having a strong squad.

“Our players showed a real pride today and you could seewhat it meant to them to wear the shirt.”

The Second Round Qualifying tie against Blackburn Communityis set to take place at East Durham College in Peterlee on Sunday 6thOctober (2pm kick-off).

Full Time: Yorkshire Amateur 0 Pools 5

Pools: Lillystone, Garside, Stuart, Smith, Stabler (Skull 65), Rowbotham, Duffy-Smith, Ingram (Robson 68), Robinson, Bates (Pye 65), Foster.
Subs not used: Henry, Hammond-Garrington.

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