Ashford Town (Middlesex) Ladies produced a battling performance to book a place in the final of the John Greenacre Memorial Trophy against Godalming Town Ladies, after a victory over GLWFL Premier Division side, Hemel Hempstead.
The Tangerines took an early lead after an unbelievable volley from Ashley Cheatley with only seconds on the clock. The home sides defensive header was met by Cheatley who struck from ore than 25 yards out to lob the impressive goalkeeper.
Sophie Burgess had to be alert shortly after the re-start to deny the home side an attempt on goal after a well timed block.
Ashford continued to press forward after taking the lead but Cheatley and Lucy Thornton had their goals ruled out for offside before Charmaine Benham saw her attempt just miss the target.
The Tangerines almost doubled their advantage when Holly Isaacs’ stunning volley was pushed onto the crossbar by the Hemel goalkeeper. This save proved vital as the away side were made to rue missed chances when Hemel Hempstead grabbed an equaliser ten minutes before the break.
The hosts responded well to a first half dominated with Ashford opportunities. Nicole Jacobs and Laura Huse made a few last ditch challenges to keep the game level but Hemels persistence soon paid off when they took the lead for the first time in the game.
Lavana Neufville was introduced at halftime and proved to be a threat throughout, in the final third. Herself and Cheatley produced impressive combinations to race clear of their markers and sprint ahead. Cheatley’s cross fell kindly for Neufville who made no mistake with a powerful drive at goal to equalise.
Cheatley went close with a shot saved by the goalkeeper whilst Benham’s drive was unfortunate not to find its way in the net, just missing the target.
The hosts had opportunities to take the lead again but Lauren Restel, produced a wonderful fingertip stop. This spurred on the travelling Tangerines who drove through the Hemel defence and this time Benham made no mistake, composing herself to slot the ball underneath the diving goalkeeper.
How we lined up…
Lauren Restel, Charlotte Baker, Laura Huse, Nicole Jacobs, Sophie Burgess, Hannah Pearson, Rebecca Fisher, Lucy Thornton, Charmaine Benham, Holly Isaacs, Ashley Cheatley
Subs - Lavana Neufville, Jess Boyd
The Tangerines travel again next weekend for their final away league fixture against Luton Town Development on Sunday 29 April for an early 11am kick-off.
Updated 19:32 - 13 May 2018 by William Boye