FA Cup joy for Wymondham Ladies

MAGIC MOMENT: Wymondham Ladies celebrate what proved to be the winner.

MAGIC MOMENT: Wymondham Ladies celebrate what proved to be the winner. - Credit: Archant

Wymondham Ladies 1 Cambridge Utd Ladies 0

Wymondham Ladies recorded a superb victory over Cambridge United, who play three leagues above them, to reach the third qualifying round of the Women's FA Cup.

Wymondham had come through the first and second round qualifying rounds, beating Roade 6-2 and Moulton 3-0, whereas Cambridge were playing their first game.

Cambridge started on the attack but Wymondham defended well and having soaked up pressure set up a counter-attack.

The ball was spread wide to Kelly Ayers on the right. Ayers found Sally Hammerton on the edge of the box but her attempt was cleared. However possession was picked up by Laura Hammerton, who passed to Kayleigh Holloway on her left, but her shot went straight into the arms of goalkeeper Verity Crook.

The game then became more open and chances came at both ends as the first half ended goalless..

Cambridge had chances to break the deadlock early in the second half before Wymondham scored what proved to be the winner.

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The ball was played forward by Newcombe and a mix-up on the edge of the Cambridge box allowed Sally Hammerton to break clear and slot the ball home to give Wymondham the advantage with little over a quarter of an hour to play.

Cambridge went straight back on the attack and Taylor was the next visiting player to test Gemma Hamilton-Rout.

Hamilton-Rout then did brilliantly to prevent an equaliser, throwing herself across goal to turn the ball over for a corner kick. It was a superb stop, much appreciated by the 150 home supporters.

Manager Alex Guy boldly stated before the game that anything other than a win would be disappointing and speaking after the famous victory, he said: 'The team were fantastic in every area today. We knew it would be a difficult game, but the players showed the quality, belief and team spirit that we have in the squad.'

Player of the match was Hamilton-Rout who made some fine saves in both halves.

Wymondham have been drawn against Bedford Ladies in the fourth round qualifying, with the tie to be played on Sunday, November 8 at King's Head Meadow (1pm kick-off).