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Dominant Cheltenham Town Ladies put four past Liskeard Athletic Women and progress to the Second Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup

Cheltenham Town Ladies beat Liskeard Athletic Women 4-0 in comfortable fashion, at The Corinium Stadium, to progress to the Second Round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

A brace from forward Jade Grove, plus goals from Georgie-Marie Barbour-Gresham and Lacy-Jai Liggett won the First Round tie for the Robins and completed a dominant performance at home.

The Division One South West side showed the gulf in class, with Liskeard playing two leagues below Cheltenham in the South West Regional Women’s Football League.

The Robins peppered the goal of Liskeard keeper Sara Rowe, who made plenty of good saves throughout the 90 minutes and was the best player for the travelling side.

The draw for the next round will be completed at 1pm this afternoon.

Cheltenham’s first team coach Tom Davies said after the match: “It was a good performance. The opponents made it difficult and sat in quite deep early doors, so we had to be patient, move the ball and try and find little areas that we could unlock.

“We’ve got to build on that performance now and move onto the next one.”

Jade Grove scored the only goal of the opening half, volleying the ball past keeper Rowe, but the Robins struggled to create anymore clear cut chances, despite all their possession.

Grove then scored her second of the match quickly after the second half begun, with a neat finish past the onrushing Liskeard goalkeeper and this gave Cheltenham confidence to push on for more.

Barbour-Gresham made it 3-0 after smashing the ball in from a corner, which ended the hopes of any cup upset by the away team.

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Liskeard managed to find speedy forward Lucy Jones with a long ball over the heads of the Cheltenham backline, but she was brought down on the edge of the home sides box with goal scorer Barbour-Gresham receiving a yellow card for the foul.

Chloe Williams took the freekick for Liskeard, but her strike rose over the cross bar leaving the away side without a shot on target in the match.

Cheltenham winger Liggett then capped off the tie with a powerful strike to score the fourth goal and added further misery to the visitors from Cornwall.

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