Nantwich Town Ladies’ historic first ever game in the Vitality Women’s FA Cup ended with a gutting last minute defeat to Didsbury Ladies on Sunday afternoon.
Forward Emily Fallon came close to opening the scoring early on and the Dabbers dominated the play and the chances but the teams were level at the break.
The trend of Nantwich control continued in the second half but against the run of play it was Didsbury who took the lead in the 70th minute with a tap in.
Just 10 minutes later, the Dabbers got a deserved equaliser through Kirsty Fisher-Sherratt and looked the more likely to go on and win the game, skipper Dani Fisher-Sherratt’s header saved brilliantly by the Didsbury goalkeeper.
And the final sucker punch came a minute into added on time at the end of the tie, a free kick was floated in and finished off by Didsbury to claim their place in the Second Qualifying Round.
But Sunday was about so much more than the result, and we’ll leave the final word to the Nantwich Ladies manager Chris Broad, who wrote on social media: “The performance was one of the best seen in the green shirts since the teams’ inception last season.”
“Everyone associated with the team are proud to have played their first FA Cup match in the team’s short history and thank you to those that travelled to watch the game.”
Below is the team who will forever be able to say they were part of a truly historic match in Nantwich Town’s history.
Nantwich Town Ladies: Kara Townshend, Georgia Brookfield, Harriet Knight, Becca Paton, Emily Done, Jo Case, Dani Fisher-Sherratt (C), Molly Tasker, Kirsty Fisher-Sherratt, Marni Williams, Emily Fallon
Subs: S. Williamson, S. Williamson, C. Haseler, C. Rathbone, M. Jones