Chester FC Women saw their FA Cup run come to an end yesterday afternoon against higher league opposition in Leeds United.
The Blues almost got off to the dream start when Rach Lloyd curled a free-kick inches wide after just two minutes. However a quickfire Leeds double on seven and ten minutes from Pizzarello and Elliott respectively put the hosts in command.
But Chester continued to press for a response despite this and Molly Wood struck the crossbar before Lloyd was denied by the Leeds ‘keeper.
Wood though would pull one back with an excellent finish just before the break, scoring for the sixth successive game and equalling a club record.
The Blues were more than a match for Leeds United in the first 45, but unfortunately their higher league advantage shone through in the second half as they secured a 7-1 win through goals from Rousseau and Astle – both bagging a brace apiece – before a late Kathryn Smith penalty secured the win.
A scoreline somewhat harsh on the Seals brings to an end their FA Cup journey for another year.
Photo courtesy of Luke Reynolds Photography.