Dated references from the Wizard of Oz aside, James Gill covers this weekend's FA Cup victory away at Chesterfield
Hot off the heels of their thumping win in Durham last time out, the Hatters were looking to continue their strong for with a trip to Hall Corner, former home of Glapwell FC, and current home of Chesterfield LFC. A tidy set-up, complete with paid entry and hot food, it offered a fitting setting for a hotly-anticipated encounter in the final qualifying round of the SSE Women's FA Cup.
Two changes from the previous cup game saw a few positional switches for County. Jade White, missing with a knee injury, was replaced by defender Jodie Hancock in the centre of midfielder and Katie Brusell was replaced by Hanifa Douglas, sitting just behind the front two of Jeneyah Webb and Chloe Mapp. On the bench were two debutants, Emma Massey (called up from the Development Squad) and Chanice Reeves, who was returning from an injury sustained in pre-season.
The home side kicked off, with County attacking up the rather noticable slope at Hall Corner, an early run from Wilson down the right was put out of play for a corner within the first 60 seconds. The resulting corner from O'Reilly was met by the head of Nic Connor, giving the Hatters an early advantage.
A tough 20 minutes followed, with the Spireites advancing closer to the County goal, but it was the Hatters who broke through via a quality Chloe Mapp volley from the edge of the box, extending the lead to two goals. This was followed five minutes later by a good run on the right from Wilson, who lined up for a cross, mishitting the ball and looping a wayward cross over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net to make it 0-3. It was a momentus day for Wilson, as she scored her first goal for the club after a number of years of being the main source of assists.
The Hatters continued to apply pressure for the next 15 minutes, but the major talking point in the final third of the first half was a stunning save from Lauren Blackett in the County goal, robbing the home side of a lifeline.
HT | Chesterfield 0-3 Stockport County (Connor, Mapp, Wilson)
A strong start to the second half saw Mapp come close with a sweeping shot from the edge of the box. Webb was making her presence known with a number of incisive passes, eventually coming close herself with a shot, which was blocked by the defence but Hanifa Douglas was there to pick up the pieces, hammering home from close range.
A fifth goal swiftly followed with a scuffle in the box, which saw the ball knocked into the goal by Chloe Mapp. Mapp was then replaced by Shelby Wolstencroft and debutant Emma Massey came on for Kath Jones.
Massey made an instant impact by making strong runs down the right hand side of the pitch. She eventually broke down the right and put the ball in the back of the net from close range to make it six goals to nil.
FT | Chesterfield 0-6 Stockport County (Connor, Mapp (2), Wilson, Douglas, Massey)
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Team: Blackett, Wilson, Hayes, Connor (C), O'Reilly, Jones, Hancock, John, Douglas, Mapp, Webb.
Subs: Wardle, Reeves, Massey, Wolstencroft.
Player Of The Match: Lauren Blackett.