Worksop Town Ladies 4-0 Huddersfield Town Ladies Development
Ladies through to the County Cup semi-finals after an impressive performance against the Terriers.
A highly-contested first half ended goalless ,however the Tigresses proved that if you want it more, you will get what you deserve, as they netted four goals in 20 minutes to put their name in the hat for the final four.
Huddersfield almost took the lead in the opening minute as their number 20 ran through on goal, but Kathryn Wood raced off her line and saved with her feet to deny the side who are placed four divisions higher than the Tigresses.
Ellie Chandler then went close for the Tigers moments later. Chandler did excellently to keep the ball in play before cutting onto her right foot, but unfortunately she saw her effort tipped wide of the far post.
On the half-hour mark, Leah Hardy went just inches from giving Worksop the lead as she took on several players before firing wide of the goalkeeper’s left.
On the stroke of the break, Huddersfield broke forward at pace with quick inter-winding passes. This created space for Huddersfield’s 21, who cut on her right foot but saw her curling effort caught by Kathryn Wood.
The half-time whistle sounded with nothing to separate the two sides.
The second half started like the first until the Tigresses broke that trend and took the lead after an hour had passed.
A ball over the top from a central position was taken by Chapell into her stride, and the winger coolly lifted her shot over the out-rushing Terriers goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
Huddersfield were in search of an equaliser, however the home side stayed resolute and stopped their attacks. Laughton broke into the Tigresses’ area but was met by a superb tackle from Ellie Sheehan. Huddersfield worked their way back into the box with Preston but her fierce effort was bravely blocked by Stacie Sands.
The hosts doubled their lead ten minutes after the opener. Grace Sanderson came off the bench and used her fresh legs to accelerate away from her marker and down the right flank. Her powerful shot was saved by the keeper, but Sanderson opted to unselfishly pull the ball back to Leah Hardy who smashed home the second goal of the day.
Minutes later, Worksop put more daylight between the two sides by adding a third.
The Tigresses confidence was on show as they produced a lovely move of one-touch passing, until Brooks released Ellie Chandler through on goal who slipped past one challenge before tucking her effort between the ‘keeper’s legs and into the bottom corner.
The tie was wrapped up with eight minutes remaining. Leah Hardy bagged her brace when she checked back inside onto her right foot, putting the ball into the box which caught the ‘keeper out as it nestled into the side-netting.
The referee soon brought proceedings to an end and confirmed that Worksop Town Ladies would be in the final four of the County Cup.
First-aider Keith Musson helped Adam Pike on the management side due to gaffer Rob Hardy not being there due to illness.
Keith was very pleased with how the Ladies performed in today’s quarter-final.
“It feels absolutely unbelievable.
“The girls put every bit of their effort into it, we got 110% from each and every one of them.
“Unfortunately we couldn’t use Lauren Bell but she knows why. We didn’t want to change it and mess anything up. It may have made it better but we don’t know.
“First half they were brilliant, but second half we were outstanding by putting every inch of effort in.
“The effort they showed in the first period was good, but what they showed in the second was unreal.
“Looking onto the next two semi-finals [Women’s Shield and County Cup], if they can perform like they did today then they can smash anyone and go through any team, and if they replicate this in the league, then we can go unbeaten for the rest of the season.
“It was good to be in the dug-out, but the girls know how to play and what to do.
“Obviously Rob is a big miss, but I feel like we’ve done really well for him today.”
By Devon Cash