Northampton Town Women joint-managers Lou Barry and Josh Oldfield were pleased with their team’s resilience after they progressed to the third round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup with a dramatic 2-1 comeback win away to fellow Level Five outfit Lye Town on Sunday afternoon.
Leah Cudone scored the equaliser and substitute Cesca Partridge scored an added time penalty as the Cobblers’ record FA Cup run continued.
Speaking after the match, Barry said: “We were well below our standards today.
“We struggled to play on a really difficult pitch and we weren’t up to our usual intensity.
“However, we kept the pressure on and to win it in that manner is fantastic.
“We dug it out and our character won the game.”
Oldfield echoed Barry’s statements, adding: “The game was even and the pitch was a leveller.
“It led to a crazy last 15 minutes, and it was a brilliant way to win a game.
“It wasn’t a great performance, but cup games are about winning, and we won today.”
Barry and Oldfield’s side travel to Level Four side Lincoln City in the third round next week.
The Imps knocked out Leafield Athletic with a 3-2 win on Sunday.
Oldfield said: “We want a challenge and it is one because we’ve never met them before.
“They’re doing well and it’s an opportunity for us to test ourselves against a team from the division above.”