Saints ease past Larkhall in cup competition

By SFC Media Sun 20 Oct Womens Team
Photo by Isabelle Field

Southampton FC Women ensured safe passage to the next round of the FA National League Cup with a 3-1 victory over Bath-based Larkhall Athletic on Sunday afternoon.

Star of the show, and England youth international midfielder Phoebe Williams, netted a treble to ensure her side were in the hat for the League Cup's second round.

Saints had already eased past Ipswich Town in the preliminary stages, and although pegged back by Larkhall in the second half, showed no signs of panic, with Williams completing her hat-trick from the penalty spot.

It's only the third goal Marieanne Spacey-Cale's side have conceded all season, but nevertheless, Saints will feature in the draw for the next phase, rounding off a week of three wins in three separate competitions.

The first goal was crafted by Sophia Pharoah in the 41st minute, as her shot was palmed kindly into the path of Williams, who tucked it neatly into the bottom left corner.

The hosts then equalised, with Jess Osborne scoring directly from a corner, but parity only last 10 minutes.

Williams found the net for a second time on the hour mark, this time from a free-kick, before securing the victory in second-half stoppage time.

Substitute Chloe Newton was fouled in the box, leading to a spot-kick, which the midfielder, on for a trio of goals, stepped up to slot the ball low and hard beyond the Larkhall stopper.

The win backs up an emphatic 8-0 success in FA Cup qualifying, as well a 4-0 midweek triumph in the league, and positions Spacey-Cale's side as the team to beat in the south west region of the draw.

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