Several Middlesex FA affiliated clubs were engaged in the Second Qualifying Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup, on Sunday last, 3rd October. County photographer Chris Benn visited Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies, who entertained Highworth Town Ladies from Wiltshire. He witnessed an amazing performance by the home team.
Alissa Down shoots to put Ashford Town 1-0 ahead
Ashford Town took the lead in the 10th minute, when their captain, Alissa Down netted from close range, following some neat approach work.
Ashley Cheatley nets Ashford Town's 8th goal
Shortly after this goal, the visiting captain, Tamzin Davis, suffered from a recurring knee injury and had to be stretchered from the pitch. She was replaced by Zoe Bull (15 mins).
Lavana Neufville hits the ninth goal
After around 25 minutes play a rainstorm of tropical proportions arrived and continued until just before the halftime interval. This deluge coincided with a deluge of goals from the Ashford Ladies.
Anya Kinnane makes it eleven following a corner
Ashley Cheatley scored the second Ashford goal in the 27th minute and by half time they were 12-0 ahead.
Ashley makes it 12 before half time
The subsequent scoring went like this:-
Goal no. 3 Rozalia Sitarz 28 minutes
Goal no. 4 Chloe Farrell 30 minutes
Goal no. 5 Alissa Down 35 minutes
Goal no 6 Ashley Cheatley 36 minutes
Goal no 7 Chloe Farrell 38 minutes
Goal no 8 Ashley Cheatley 39 minutes
Goal no.9 Lavana Neufville 40 minutes
Goal no 10 Ashley Cheatley 44 minutes
Goal no 11 Anya Kinnane 45 minutes
Goal no 12 Ashley Cheatley 45 + 2 minutes
HT Score : Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies 12 Highworth Town Ladies 0
The Ashford Town Manager, Will Boye decided to rest his main strikers, Ashley Cheatley and Lavana Neufville for the second half. They were replaced by Ellen Clarabut and Megan McGarvey.
Anya heads goal number fourteen
Anya heads the seventeenth goal
Chloe Farrell heads number nineteen from Alissa's corner
The rain dried up for the second half but the goals didn’t. The scoring continued like this:-
Goal no. 13 Chloe Farrell 46 minutes
Goal no. 14 Anya Kinnane 54 minutes
Goal no. 15 Rozalia Sitarz 59 minutes
Goal no. 16 Jade Johnson 60 minutes
Goal no. 17 Anya Kinnane 63 minutes
Goal no. 18 Kalani Peart 64 minutes
Goal no, 19 Chloe Farrell 69 minutes
Goal no .20 Megan McGarvey 70 minutes
Goal no. 21 Alissa Down 71 minutes
Goal no. 22 Kalani Peart 79 minutes
Goal no. 23 Chloe Farrell 80 minutes
Goal no. 24 Anya Kinnane 83 minutes
Goal no. 25 Kalani Peart 84 minutes
Kalani Peart heads goal number 22
There could have been more goals. Jade and Alissa both hit the crossbar, a goal was disallowed for offside and the Highworth Town goalkeeper, Stacey Radbourne made several very good saves.
Kalani Peart hits the 25th and final goal
Final score: Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies 25 Highworth Town Ladies 0
To summarise, the goalscorers were: Ashley Cheatley (5), Chloe Farrell (5), Anya Kinnane (4), Alissa Down (3), Kalani Peart (3), Rosalia Sitarz (2), Lavana Neufville, Jade Johnson and Megan McGarvey.
Heartiest congratulations are due to the Ashford Town (Middlesex) players and management for a historic victory. Also, well done to Highworth Town for their sporting attitude and their fortitude in the circumstances. They thoroughly deserved the applause that they received from the spectators, as they left the field.
Ashford Town Ladies: Grace Perkis, Fran Cotter, Anya Kinnane, Kalani Peart, Chloe Farrell, Rozalia Sitarz, Jade Johnson, Alissa Down (capt), Charlotte Baker, Lavana Neufville and Ashley Cheatley.
Substitutes: Ellen Clarabut and Megan McGarvey.
Highworth Town Ladies: Stacey Radbourne, Amelia Curtis, Cara Costello, Rosie Storey, Ellie Sealey, Rovna Green, Shannen Fenton, Maria Slade, Nikita Steele, Chloe Sanderson and Tamzin Davis (capt).
Substitutes: Zoe Bull and Charlotte Lancaster.
Referee: Daniel Harvey Assistant Referees: Arminus Vaiciunas & Mervyn Hughes.
Ashford Town will play New London Lionesses in the 3rd Qualifying Round on
Sunday, 24th October.
The other Middlesex teams playing in this round on Sunday had very mixed fortunes.
Headstone Manor Ladies pushed Biggleswade United Ladies all the way. They fought back from 3-0 down to 3-2. Brentford Women were 2 goals up in the first 10 minutes at home to Abingdon United Women but eventually lost 5-2. Sport London E Benfica lost 6-0 away to Wycombe Wanderers Ladies. However, Denham United recorded a thrilling 5-4 victory at Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies.
Once again thank you to our photographer, Chris Benn who was on hand to capture all the important action at the game.
Photos available courtesty of Chris Benn