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Cheltenham Town Ladies through to FA Cup third qualifying round after 5-0 victory over Brislington Ladies

Cheltenham Town Ladies comfortably overcame Brislington Ladies 5-0 to progress through to the third qualifying round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup. (pic: Joe White)

A first half goal from Charlotte Criddle gave the Robins a 1-0 lead going into the interval.

Second half strikes from Georgia Brown, Mai Butler, Annie Martin and Kerry Bartlett completed a fantastic performance at The DN Fire Stadium.

The next round in the competition will be on Sunday, October 27 as Cheltenham will look to qualify for the first round proper.

Manager Alex Cheal told Cheltenham Ladies website that he was happy with his side’s performance.

“We’ve created opportunities, and we’ve missed a hat-full, but we’ve scored five and they’ve been shared about, they’re good goals, so we’re happy with that and our overall dominance,” he said.

Midfielder Criddle opened the scoring with a fantastic free-kick that was struck from 35 yards out.

Bartlett got her first goal in red and white following her move from Keynsham which pleased her boss.

“It was great to see Kerry on the scoresheet, because she’s been kicking herself in training,” Cheal said.

Cheltenham’s next game is against Poole in the FA Women’s National League Plate first round.

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Cheal is making sure his side take nothing for granted despite already beating the same opponents 2-0 on the opening day of the season.

“We need to take momentum from Sunday.

“We have to forget how Poole were on the opening day, because they will have improved and got better so we need to get better to match it.

“It’s still a potential banana skin and this is a cup we think we could potentially go quite far in and compete in so we have to beat them professionally and win the right to win the game.”

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