VITALITY WOMEN’S FA CUP THIRD ROUND
Sunday December 12th, 2.00pm
The Moorlands Railway Sports and Social Club
LINCOLN CITY WOMEN 4
Fay Noble 3 og
Jessica Rousseau 90, 93, 114
NORTHAMPTON TOWN WOMEN 2
Abbie Brewin 40
Alex Dicks 74
Cobblers: Isobel McDonald, Bianca Luttman, Sara Wait, Fay Noble, Abbie Brewin (sub Chloe Martin 106), Alex Bartlett, Rachael Mumford (sub Gracie Williams 98), Beth Artemiou (sub Georgia Tear 46), Abbie Reboul, Leah Cudone (sub Rachael St John Mosse 84), Charlie Cooper (sub Alex Dicks 46)
Subs not used: Jo Daniel, Eden Brown, Cesca Partridge
Northampton Town’s historic Vitality Women’s FA Cup run came to an end as they lost 4-2 after extra time away to Lincoln City in the third round on Sunday.
The Cobblers came from behind to draw level at half time, but the Imps scored a late equaliser after the visitors turned the game around.
Two goals in extra time decided the tie in favour of the hosts, who are second in the FA Women’s National League Division One Midlands, the league above Lou Barry and Josh Oldfield’s side.
Northampton made the worst possible start, falling behind early on when Lauryn Wilcock’s cross was bundled home from close range.
Isobel McDonald made a quickfire double save on the quarter-of-an-hour mark to keep the visitors in it.
It took until 10 minutes before the break for them to test Lincoln goalkeeper Lana Timson, who smothered Reboul’s toe poke as she drove forward.
The Cobblers drew level a few minutes later when Abbie Brewin ran down the right wing and curled an effort into the far corner for her fifth goal of the season in all competitions.
The visitors were on top in the second half, and they were ahead with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining when substitute Alex Dicks smashed her 12th in all competitions into the top corner.
However, Lincoln broke Cobblers’ hearts in the last minute of normal time, Jessica Rousseau turning in the box and finding the bottom corner.
The goal gave the Imps momentum going into extra time, and they took full advantage.
Rousseau doubled her tally soon after the restart, nodding home the rebound after a corner hit the top of the crossbar.
She completed her hat-trick and sealed the tie late on when she ran through on goal and finished with a low strike.
Barry and Oldfield’s side play their first East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League Premier Division match in over two months and their first home game since mid-November when they host Notts County next week.
A win against their mid-table opponents will continue the Cobblers’ perfect start to the season as they look to regain top spot.
LINCOLN CITY WOMEN MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 10
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (5) 10
CORNERS: (4) 13
FOULS: (3) 10
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (1) 1
NORTHAMPTON TOWN WOMEN MATCH STATS (first half in brackets, match total out of brackets)
SHOTS ON TARGET: (2) 7
SHOTS OFF TARGET: (0) 1
CORNERS: (0) 2
FOULS: (1) 9
CAUGHT OFFSIDE: (2) 7