Pools Women March On In FA Cup

Sarah Rowbotham, Hartlepool United Women

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, it was 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 I think that shows the importance of having a strong squad.

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

The Second Round Qualifying tie against Blackburn Community is set to take place at East Durham College in Peterlee on Sunday 6th October (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.