Thorpe bow out of Women’s FA Cup
Thorpe United 0, Cambridge University 3
After Thorpe’s Women’s FA Cup 2nd round win over Bungay Town a couple of weeks ago, their reward was a home tie over Premier League team Cambridge University.
From the start it was clear that Thorpe would have to be playing at their upmost to progress through to the next round. With a couple of new players in Emma and Hannah, the squad is becoming stronger and stronger which is needed at this level to provide both cover for injuries and competition for places.
First chance came to Bex with the home team using the new threat of Emma’s long throw to wrong the visiting goalkeeper.
Slowly as the half continued Cambridge settled into the flow of the game and started to win most of the 50/50 battles.
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In the 30th minute Cambridge scored their first goal from a corner with a shot that Kirsty was powerless to stop.
The visitors now had control of the game and by the 38th minute Cambridge took a two-goal advantage to the half-time break.
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At half time the coaches took the opportunity to make some changes with Jazz and Hannah making way for Kerry and Mary.
Whatever was said in the changing rooms the second half started with Thorpe in commanding mood, ready to take the game more to the visitors and with chances for Meg and Bex up front the changes which were made seemed to be working.
With the usual determination from Charlotte and Lauren combined with the resolution shown from Alice and Maisie, the away team came under much more pressure than they had to endure before.
With Thorpe having wrestled control of the contest from their higher league opponents the Cambridge coach had to make changes to keep hold of their deserved lead.
With a last throw of the dice Charlie came on for the hard-working Emma. With the hosts gunning for a goal to pull themselves back into the contest a quick break for Cambridge brought out a good save by Kirsty but the rebound fell nicely to a Cambridge player who finished the match with the score becoming 3-0.
Thorpe United player of the game went to Maisie Cutting for some well-timed and important challenges throughout the match.
Squad from - Kirsty, Emma, Alice, Maisie, Jazz, Charlotte, Lauren, Rebecca, Hannah, Bex, Meg, Kerry, Mary and Charlie.