Basingstoke Town Ladies reach Hampshire Cup semi-finals

Basingstoke Town Ladies reach Hampshire Cup semi-finals

Basingstoke Town Ladies reach Hampshire Cup semi-finals

First published in Football Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

BASINGSTOKE Town Ladies are through to the semi-finals of the Hampshire Cup thanks to an extra-time victory over Shanklin on Sunday.

The match was played on the all-weather pitch at Queen Mary’s College and it was the visitors who took an early lead, a shot from the left flying in via a post.

Town goalkeeper Erin Davis then kept her side in the game with two excellent saves to ensure that the deficit remained at one goal going into half-time.

Basingstoke improved after the break and pulled level on 52 minutes, Josette Pearmine finding the net after the visiting goalkeeper had failed to hold Carla Mitchell’s effort from a free-kick.

Shanklin restored their advantage two minutes later following a mix-up in the Town defence but Basingstoke hit back and pulled level on 71 minutes, Katie Randell firing in an excellent shot from long range.

That was the way it remained until full-time but Town were the better side in the additional period. Alice Weaving hit the crossbar in the early stages, before Tracy Jones put the hosts ahead for the first time on 95 minutes.

The game was made safe in the final minute, Mitchell firing into the roof of the net to set up a semi-final against either Portsmouth or Aldershot Town.

The ladies are in cup action again on Sunday, travelling to Stony Stratford in the Southern League Cup.

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