Fylde Ladies crash out of FA Cup

West Brom had Fylde on the back foot
West Brom had Fylde on the back foot
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Fylde Ladies crashed out of the Women’s FA Cup after a 4-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion.

The home side raced into a two-goal lead in the opening nine minutes, adding a third in the second half.

The Coasters pulled one back through Danielle Young, but it proved nothing more than a consolation as Albion scored a fourth and Young was dismissed late on.

There were two debutants for Fylde: Tash Ronald in goal and Olivia Rees on the wing.

But it was a disastrous start as Albion took the lead after just four minutes through Leigh Dugmore, who had an easy tap-in following a dangerous cross from a free-kick.

A second soon followed as another cross into the box found striker Abby Cottam unmarked and she had the easy job to poke home.

Ronald made a wonderful save in added time as Cottam looked certain to make it 3-0 and effectively game over.

Dugmore caused more trouble down the left and her cross found the head of Cottam, but Ronald dived and somehow held on to the ball, keeping her team in the game.

Caretaker manager Kim Turner, who was also a sub, was forced on for the injured Emily Marsh after 58 minutes.

Charlotte Farrell was left in charge on the bench and she changed the formation, going to three at the back in a bid to dominate the midfield and for a while it looked a masterstroke.

However, in the 68th minute Cottam seized on a defensive error and fired in a shot. Ronald saved but Greaves was there to knock the rebound over the line.

Young did pull one back on 79th minutes, when her cross from the corner evaded everyone and somehow found its way into the bottom corner, but just five minutes later she was sent off following an off-the-ball incident.

Cottam put the game to bed with her second three minutes from time, a tap-in from Highman’s cross.

Fylde: Ronald, Marsh, Wilkes, Forster, Stanfield, Young, Kennerley, Rees, Adams, Forshaw, Walker; subs: Turner, Farrell