Ladies suffer frustrating Women’s FA Cup exit

Sunday 06 October 2019 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 06 October 2019 at 18:44)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies exited the Women's FA Cup following a hugely frustrating 1-0 loss away against league rivals Portishead Town.

Bassett dominated possession in Somerset, but failed to take the chances they created. Meanwhile, Portishead took full advantage of the one good opportunity they created just before the hour.

Bassett did put the ball in the back of the net, but on twelve minutes Haylen Huckin saw her strike ruled out for offside.

Four minutes later, Grace Eagles saw her shot parried by Chloe-Joy Anderson in the Portishead goal before Lily Withers' follow-up was cleared off the line.

Anderson remained busy, saving from Kayll before smartly denying Huckin following a well-worked Bassett move.

Bassett continued to create opportunities, but were unable to convert. Just after the half hour mark, Huckin headed over from a Lisa Coe cross, while Withers was unable to find a way past Anderson and Amber Egerton shot narrowly over the bar.

That them continued after the restart, Huckin seeing a deflected strike inch agonisingly wide of the post following a Laura Jefferies free kick.

Portishead then took the lead. Bassett lost possession in midfielder, and the home side capitalised, Shannon Holloway being quickest to react after Emily Lindsey's effort came back out off the bar.

And Bassett ultimately were unable to get back on level terms despite continuing to press their hosts.

A flowing Bassett move almost yielded an equaliser with twenty minutes remaining, but after opening up the Portishead defence Huckin scuffed her shot. Egerton was able to chase down the loose ball and squared to Kayll, who blazed over.

Kayll and Withers then both failed to find the target before late controversy saw a handball that appeared to take place in the Potishead box ruled a free kick.

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