Lucky thirteen as Ladies cruise past Melksham

Sunday 17 November 2019 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 17 November 2019 at 16:46)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies' hopes of retaining their Wiltshire County Women's Cup title remain alive as they cruised into the semi-finals of the competition with a routine 13-0 home win against Melksham Town.

Seven different scorers found the net as Bassett cruised against opponents from the Wiltshire County League – two divisions below the South West Women's Regional Football League Premier Division, who they saw off 15-0 at the same stage of the competition last season.

Grace Eagles gave the hosts an early fourth minute lead, firing past Tory Swinney from range after Melksham were unable to fully clear from a Laura Jefferies corner.

Hayley Huckin beat the offside trap before rounding Swinney and tapping in to make it two before scoring an almost carbon copy ten minutes later to further extend Bassett's advantage. Hannah Gulliver then got in on the act with a long distance strike.

Two further goals arrived before the break.

After receiving an Eagles cross, Lily Withers was afforded too much time in the box and comfortably slotted home before Huckin crossed for an unmarked Aly Lyons to steer into the net.

Comfortably ahead, Bassett rung the changes at the break. That did not slow them down after the restart though.

On 52 minutes, Rosie Kirk strode forward before squaring to Lyons, whose shot was parried. However, Gulliver was on hand to put away the rebound.

A minute later, Sophie Smith raced onto Amber Egerton's through ball and beat Swinney from distance.

Lyons then scored a third goal in the space of five minutes, tapping in after a Smith shot came back off the bar. The tenth arrived on the hour mark as Smith got her second from outside the box.

A simple finish from Beth Kelloway made it eleven with twenty minutes to go as she finished off a move from Smith's unselfish pass.

Eagles made it a dozen after shrugging off the attentions of a defender during a mazy run towards goal.

The rout was then completed as Smith, one of the half time substitutes, sealed her hat trick, guiding home a Gulliver cross.

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