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Report: Women's Firsts bow out of FA Cup

A late penalty sees the Chairgirls knocked out of the Cup.

25 October 2021

Sheena Booker

Wycombe made the long trip down to the North Kent coast to face Herne Bay of the London and Southeast Regional league in the 3rd Qualifying Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup looking to progress to the first round of the competition for the first time in their history.

The game started with both sides probing and looking for the first chance which fell to Wycombe when a pass from Inniss found Emma Kern whose strike was saved well by the Herne Bay keeper. The game was end-to-end but without many clear chances for either side, youngster Amy Whale in the Wycombe goal dealing competently with any shots or crosses that came her way. Play was held up on 25 minutes when a clash of heads saw Sarah Harrison having to leave the pitch with a broken nose. Rae Roberts was introduced from the bench to replace her. Chances for the visitors were becoming rarer as Herne Bay increased the pressure and began to grow in confidence. That confidence took a knock when Chante Inniss picked up an astute pass from Felicity West and ran at the Herne Bay defence. Her pace took her past the last defender and the onrushing keeper was then wrong footed as Inniss tried to create space for herself. The Herne bay keeper grabbed hold of Inniss outside the penalty area but she stayed on her feet as the keeper let go, finishing the job with a firm strike into the empty net.

Half-time: Herne Bay 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers

The second half saw Wycombe start off well, playing with more composure than in the opening 45. Both teams worked hard to create opportunities but found stubborn resistance from both defensive units until the 61st minute when a fine effort was driven home by Herne Bay leaving Whale no chance. Roberts was replaced on 70 minutes by Charlotte Parrett as Wycombe reshuffled their pack to try to secure a winning goal. That almost came when Inniss latched onto a pass from Sam Jackson and fired low to the keepers right. The Herne Bay keeper got down well to get a firm hand on the ball to force it out for a corner which was dealt with comfortably by the Herne Bay defence.

On 76 minutes, a late challenge on skipper Katie Hudson saw her react with a push on the offending player which resulted in an overreaction from both sets of players which was quickly dealt with by the referee who then showed the red card to both Hudson and the player whose tackle was late - harsh on both teams.

Herne Bay responded quickest and forced a good save from Whale to keep the scores level. On 85 minutes, Herne Bay got a breakthrough when a shot struck substitute Sammy Nazif’s arm from close range in the penalty area and were awarded a penalty which was dispatched into the top corner leaving Whale no chance. Wycombe upped the tempo to press for the equaliser but found the Herne Bay resistance equal to the challenge to deservedly hold onto their lead for the victory.

Full-time: Herne Bay 1-2 Wycombe Wanderers

Wycombe return to league action at home this coming Sunday welcoming high flying Moneyfields who lie in second place and are still unbeaten in the league this season. Kick off is at 2pm at the Bucks College, Spring Lane, Flackwell Heath.   

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