Tractor Girls Net 11 as They Begin Cup Defence
Monday, 16th Sep 2019 14:12
ITFC Women thrashed AFC Sudbury 11-2 as they began their sixth successive defence of the Suffolk FA Women's Cup.
Skipper Amanda Crump hit a hat-trick, Amy-Leigh Abrehart, Zoe Barratt and Paige Wakefield all netted two apiece, with Lindsey Cooper and Sophie Welton grabbing one each.
Surprisingly, given the final scoreline, it was Sudbury who took the lead via Olivia Gunn in only the second minute.
However, the Tractor Girls hit straight back through Welton and then Wakefield gave the Blues the lead with her first of the afternoon as she celebrated her birthday.
Captain Crump then added the third from Cooper’s through ball, prior to Sudbury’s second from Rebecca Stephenson after an error by Town keeper Danni Clarke.
But Town’s two-goal cushion was soon restored by Abrehart, whose powerful strike beat the Sudbury keeper of the underside of the bar.
Abrehart then created Town’s fifth for fellow teenager Barratt, the 16-year-old’s first senior goal, and soon after she scored her second and the Tractor Girls’ sixth when she shot low into the corner of the net following a solo run.
A Sudbury own goal from an Abrehart freekick made it 7-2 at the break and the scoring continued in the second half.
Cooper claimed the eighth when she headed Crump’s corner home, then the skipper herself grabbed her second when she lobbed the keeper.
Wakefield shot through the keeper’s legs to make it 10-2 before Crump completed the scoring and her hat-trick.
“Job done! We had some good individual performances but there’s still some areas to tidy up,” manager Joe Sheehan said afterwards.
“Happy we’ve managed to give players valuable minutes and we’re through to the next round.”
The Tractor Girls are back in FA Women’s National League Division One South East action on Sunday away at Stevenage.
Town: Clarke, Dunn, Cooper, Stretch, Billson, Wakefield, Flatt, Crump (c), Welton, Abrehart, Barratt. Rolling substitutes: Cossey, Pannifer. Att: 208.
Photo: Ross Halls
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