Northampton Town Women joint-managers Lou Barry and Josh Oldfield praised their side after they progressed to the Vitality Women’s FA Cup first round proper with a 1-0 win away to Tamworth on Sunday.
Abbie Brewin scored the Cobblers’ goal as they made the first round for the first time.
Speaking after the match, Barry said: “The girls were outstanding today.
“Tamworth didn’t have a shot and we dominated them in terms of chances, but they were competitive and well set up so it was one of the toughest challenges we’ve had in a while.
“We had to defend for 90 minutes and we were well-structured.
“We got the goal when we needed to and it was a brilliant performance so the players should be proud of themselves.
“We’re creating history and it’s a fantastic accomplishment.
“We want to test ourselves against teams from higher divisions.”
Barry and Oldfield’s side return to East Midlands Women's Regional Football League Premier Division action when they host Lincoln United next week.
Oldfield added: “The most important game is always the next one.
“We’ve had a period of games in different competitions and we’re doing well in all of them.
“It’s a big game, and we want to continue the momentum and be competitive.”
Football and Education Programme scholar Dannii Warren became the 15th player to come through the player pathway under Barry and Oldfield.
Oldfield said: “I’m proud of Dannii and she was excellent.
“She played a pivotal role in terms of how we performed defensively.
“We’ve shown that the pathway is there for the girls.”