Northampton Town Women joint-managers Lou Barry and Josh Oldfield praised their side after they progressed to the second round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup with a 4-2 win on penalties following a 2-2 draw at home to Bedworth United on Sunday afternoon.
Isobel McDonald saved two spot kicks as the Cobblers won on their first ever appearance in the first round of the competition.
Speaking after the match, Barry said: “We were well below our standards in the first half and we had an honest chat at half time.
“We were all over Bedworth in the second half, we scored a couple of good goals and we should have won the game in 90 minutes.
“Playing a really competitive game and winning on penalties is huge for us psychologically.
“The players were fantastic against a physical side and they proved why they’re doing so well at the moment.”
Oldfield echoed Barry’s comments, saying: “We demonstrated a lot of quality and character to correct the performance in the second half.
“We went behind but we dug in and worked hard so we’re proud of the performance.”
The Cobblers travel to Corby Town in the Northamptonshire FA Women’s Cup second round next week.
Oldfield added: “We’ll celebrate for 24 hours, train on Tuesday as normal and focus on the next game.
“It’s a derby we want to win to continue our momentum.”