Women’s FA Cup - brave Wymondham bow out

CUP BATTLERS: Wymondham Town Ladies face the camera.

CUP BATTLERS: Wymondham Town Ladies face the camera. - Credit: Archant

Wymondham Town Ladies 0 Bedford Ladies 2

Wymondham Town Ladies' superb run in the Women's FA Cup came to an end on Sunday when were beaten by Bedford at King's Head Meadow.

After an untidy start to the game, Bedford started to make a few good passes and their first meaningful attack was stopped by Polly Tarrant, who read the play well to step in and intercept.

Bedford started to grow in confidence but as in the win over Cambridge United in the previous round the Wymondham defence was well organised and Gemma Hamilton-Rout was relatively untroubled.

For all the early pressure from the visitors, it was Wymondham who almost opened the scoring as Kayleigh Holloway and Emily Anderson combined to find Sally Hammerton who tested the Bedford keeper. From the save the ball fell to Amber Cantwell who hit it superbly on the half volley, but the ball dropped just wide of the goal.

Only minutes later, Bedford's captain Vass pounced on a loose ball 20 yards out and drilled it arrow straight into the bottom corner to open the scoring on 23 minutes.

Wymondham, with a crowd of over 200 behind them, almost equalised when Holloway's delivery was met by Sally Hammerton but her shot ended up in the side netting.

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The game started to open up after the break as Wymondham pressed hard for an equaliser.

Mary Cann made an attacking run, overlapping Holloway on the left as Wymondham committed bodies forwards, catching Bedford shor. Cann's whipped cross went over keeper Regolo and flew across goal to Hammerton who was racing in to meet it a yard out, It looked like an equaliser, but the ball went over as she ended up in the back of the net.

The Wymondham crowd were making some noise now and roared the team on, with Hammerton testing Regolo.

Then Bedford scored their decisive second goal. Vass, with her back to the Wymondham goal 25 yards out, turned and hit the ball from the edge of the box low towards the near post.

Hamilton-Rout went to ground and looked to have it covered but the ball bounced unnaturally on the wet ground and ended up in the back of the net to double Bedford's lead.

Wymondham continued to press forward with Hammerton driving forwards to find Cantwell who was running through but her shot from 25 yards out didn't get enough lift to take it over Regolo.

It was then Louise Hamilton-Rout's turn as she cut back inside from the left to shoot from 25 yards out but again it was not enough to snatch a late goal and the match ended 2-0 to the visitors.

Speaking after the defeat, Alex Guy, manager of the Norfolk Division One club, said: 'Bedford are three leagues above us and we matched them in all areas, created better chances and dominated for large period and that's why we're massively disappointed.

'But the run has raised the profile of the club and we've done Wymondham Town Football Club, our league, and Norfolk proud.'

Wymondham Town Ladies: G Hamilton-Rout, L Hammerton, C Rennie, L Newcombe, P Tarrant, M Cann, R Cossey (C), E Anderson, K Holloway, A Cantwell, S Hammerton. Subs: N Woods, E Chambers, L Hamilton-Rout, K Ayers.