Hat-tricks from Katie Barker and Jess Foster thrust Newcastle United into the Vitality Women’s FA Cup third round qualifying, as the FA Women’s National League side eased past Blackburn Community Sports Club 11-0 at Druid Park.
The hosts enjoyed plenty of possession in the game’s early stages without posing too much of a threat to the Blackburn goal, before Foster’s 31st-minute strike opened the floodgates in the North-East.
- Second Round Qualifying
- Sunday 18 October
Kacie Elson made it 2-0 with close-range effort after Foster’s shot was initially saved, before a Beth Gardener goal and Barker’s first of the afternoon gave the Magpies a 4-0 half-time lead.
Barker made it 5-0 four minutes after the break after a great solo run by Elson, before completing her hat-trick with Newcastle’s sixth, while further goals from Megan McKenzie, Anna Soulsby, Imogen Longcake and two more from Foster added further gloss to the scoreline.
Elsewhere, Southampton FC matched Newcastle’s tally by seeing off Helston Athletic 11-0, while Lincoln City and Ipswich Town both hit 10 past Burton Albion and Peterborough Northern Star respectively to progress in style.
Chester-Le-Street Town, Holwell Sports, Long Eaton United, Brighouse Town, AFC Wimbledon, Actonians, Buckland Athletic, Barnsley, FC United of Manchester, Stourbridge, Harlow Town and Norwich City were also on the right end of emphatic scorelines.
Besides the many one-sided results, a number of the second round qualifiers went right down to the wire, with Royston Town emerging victorious on penalties after a 3-3 thriller at Stevenage.
WE ARE THROUGH 🎉‼️— Royston Town FC Women (@RoystonTownWFC) October 18, 2020
After todays 5-3 Penallty Shoot Out Win against @StevenageFCW in the second qualifying round of the Vitality Womens FA Cup; we caught up with Goalkeeper @WALFORD123 and Defender @leahdunnage0910 ‼️
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Yas Pratt put the visitors in front in the early stages, before Chloe Lupo-Gunn levelled terms in the 11th minute with a curling effort after dancing around two defenders.
Royston were back in front less than ten minutes later, though, when Gemma Croucher slotted in from the penalty spot, only to be pegged back yet again ahead of the half-hour mark through Becky Shephard’s strike.
Croucher notched her second to give Royston a 3-2 lead at half-time, but Lupo-Gunn was on target again midway through the second period to force spot kicks, from which the away side prevailed 5-3.
Redditch United also needed penalties to book their place in the next round, along with Worthing, Eastbourne Town, Kent Football United and Solihull Moors.
The postponed fixtures between Stockport County and Leeds United, and Ossett United and Liverpool Feds are set to go ahead on October 25, before third round qualifying gets underway a week later.