Blackpool Ladies progressed in the third qualifying round of the FA Cup by beating Sheffield outfit Steel City Wanderers 2-0 over the weekend.
The Seasiders were without captain Sarah Jones, Claire Kilner, Chrissie Bradshaw and Sian Dillon for the game, so former Pool favourite Rhiannon Davies took a short break from her studies to re-join the club.
The match started with Wanderers forcing a corner straight from the kick-off. A well-worked move was cut out by the stand in skipper Charlotte Banner. Blackpool cleared the early danger and were able to control the game with a large amount of possession. It was Mac Barlow who nearly opened the scoring after 15 minutes, with a long range effort from the left-hand side rattling the crossbar. Steel City continued to defend well and looked dangerous on the counter attack. Cross, Oatley and Oldfield all went close to breaking the deadlock for The Seasiders.
Blackpool finally opened the scoring on 38 minutes after a fantastic counter attack, Findlay played the ball towards Perrett, who in turn found April Oldfield. Oldfield and Cross combined brilliantly and a well placed delivery found Lauren Oatley who stretched to finish and give Blackpool a one goal lead.
Blackpool continued in the ascendency in the second-half, with the best chance falling to Olivia Turnbull, who had an effort cannon off the underside of the crossbar. The speed of the volley giving both referee and his assistant no chance of telling whether or not the ball had crossed the line.
With nothing to lose and entering the final 20 minutes, Wanderers began to dominate, committing players forward and they also hit the frame of Stephanie Findlay's goal with their closest effort. The number of players forward was increasing by the minute for the home side, allowing the Ladies in Tangerine to capitalise in the closing moments through Danni Cross to double the advantage. The result meant that Blackpool Ladies would be in the First Round of the Women's FA Cup for the first time in their short history.
Team: Findlay, May, Banner (c), Turnbull, Perrett, Ambrose (Davies 75), Oldfield, Gill, Barlow (McGill 70), Cross, Oatley.
Ladies Manager Dave Kelly said: "I'm pleased with the result, we dominated the first-half and maintained possession very well and deserved to be ahead at half-time. We had to ride our luck at times in the second-half but as they pushed forward we managed to take advantage and kill the game off with a good finish by Dannii Cross. We are all looking forward to the draw for the next round."
The Ladies are back in League action next week away at Wigan Athletic in the North West Premier Division.