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WOMEN'S FOOTBALL: Humphries is the hero as Bassett dump Cheltenham out
6:00am Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
A SUPERB goalkeeping display from Sarah Humphries inspired Wootton Bassett Ladies to their first-ever victory in the FA Women’s Cup as they edged out Cheltenham Civil Service 1-0.
The stopper made a number of fine saves in the preliminary round tie, which allowed the home side to snatch victory thanks to Sam Wood’s long-range free kick with quarter of an hour remaining.
The victory meant Bassett set up a clash with Bristol Ladies Union in the first qualifying round.
Bassett made the better start to proceedings but failed to convert their pressure into meaningful chances.
Cheltenham then began to exert control, only to see two one-on-one opportunities thwarted by Humphries.
Shortly before the interval Cheltenham should have taken the lead, but the keeper parried wide to keep the scoreline goalless.
The story was much the same after the restart as Humphries guided a low shot to safety at her near post.
Shortly after, an audacious chip settled on the roof of the Bassett net before Humphries snatched a top corner-bound free kick out of the air.
The stopper’s teammates soon repaid her for her brilliance, as Wood stepped up to smash a thunderbolt into the top-right corner.