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LADIES | Johnson on historic Vitality Women’s FA Cup win
Jack McGraghan
Author: Jack McGraghan

5th October 2021

Gateshead Ladies continued their historic Vitality Women’s FA Cup run last weekend with a 2-1 win over Spennymoor Town Ladies in the second round qualifying.

Goals from Montserrat Lomeli and Jasmin Badillo saw The Heed through a home tie against a side one division higher in the pyramid, and manager Simon Johnson felt his side’s win was no more than they deserved.

“The performance was pleasing and the way we want to play set the tone,” he said.

“We had a lot of chances but credit to Spennymoor, they were playing a similar style to us which made it a classic cup tie, but I think our quality shone through and over 90 minutes we probably edged it.

“When we were drawn against Spennymoor we knew it would be a tough tie, but equally on our day we fancy our chances with the quality we’ve got across the squad.

“It’s historic for the club to be through to the third round qualifying of the Women’s FA Cup and it’s great exposure for the ladies’ game, especially within Gateshead.”

The ladies will next face a home tie against Harrogate Town Ladies, a side two divisions higher in the pyramid, on Sunday, October 24 at Gateshead International Stadium (4G pitch).

“We’ve done a little bit of research and we’ve got a couple of weeks now to hopefully get them watched and study them,” Johnson added.

“For myself, the emphasis is on ourselves and if we play like we did yesterday we’ve got a good chance of getting through.

“There’s no reason why we can’t go into the game fearless and wanting to beat a team two leagues higher than ourselves.”

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