Lauren Tomlinson's goal sparks Cambridge City Ladies' FA Cup comeback
Lilywhites storm into next stage of competition
Cambridge City Ladies staged an impressive comeback to progress into the third round qualifying of the SSE Women’s FA Cup.
They hosted Kettering Town at Trinity College Old Field, and found themselves two goals down in the early stages and struggling to get a foothold in the game.
But they were given hope before the break when Lauren Tomlinson scored a left-foot half-volley from 40 yards to reduce the deficit.
And City were a different side after half time.
A strong run and finish saw Stacey Fullicks equalise early in the second half, and they took the lead when substitute Sarah Mosley fired into the top corner from the edge of the area.
City soon had a fourth as Charlotte Gillies raced clear to slot home and Emily Reed chipped home the fifth to seal a 5-2 win.
City will now face Ipswich Town Ladies at home on October 8, and Cambridge United Women also come into the competition, getting a home draw against Norwich City.
United were in FA Women’s Premier League, South East Division action last Sunday, and had Emma Jenkins’ last-minute goal to thank for a 1-1 draw at Stevenage.
Cambridge City’s development team started their season in the S-Tech Women’s Premiership after last season’s promotion with a 5-0 win at Park Ladies.
Mo Want gave City a 1-0 half-time lead and, after the break Erin Fox struck twice and Rachel Pearce and Molly White got one apiece.
In the S-Tech Girls’ League, a first-half hat-trick from player-of-the-match Katie Stancombe, a second-half double from Yas Crow and one from Katie Crook gave Cambridge City under-17s a 6-0 win at Melbourn Dynamos.
Issy Bryant scored her first hat-trick for Cambridge City as the under-15s won 7-0 against Isleham.
Amie Fullwood, Freya Standing Aino Turunen and Cerys Want were also on target to seal City’s first win of the campaign.
Cambridge City drew 0-0 at Bourne Town in 13B, while Mille Fairbrass made her debut for City’s under-12s in their 1-0 defeat to ICA (Peterborough).