Ipswich Town Ladies continue fine form with a huge cup win over Walsham

Natasha Thomas celebrates with Jade Henry. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Natasha Thomas celebrates with Jade Henry. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Suffolk FA Women’s Cup Ipswich Town 11 Walsham-le-Willows 0 Ipswich Town Ladies turned in another high class performance as they progressed to the second round of the Suffolk FA Women’s Cup with an 11-0 pasting of Walsham-le-Willows.

Sophie Welton heads home her hat-trick. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Sophie Welton heads home her hat-trick. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Coming off last week’s big 8-1 win over local rivals Norwich City in the Anglian derby, the Blues, who have won the cup for the last three seasons, were once again on fire.

They started the game as they meant to go on with Sophie Welton’s shot finding the top corner within the first ten minutes. Not long after, forward Natasha Thomas made a dazzling run around the Walsham defenders, floating the ball over the keeper and into the net.

The third soon arrived, this time Cassie Craddock directing the ball off her head. And the goals kept on coming, Thomas getting her second, firing the ball on the volley with seven minutes left of the first half.

And they didn’t stop there! Thomas soon got her hat-trick in the 53rd minute, following up after her original shot was parried away by the Walsham shot-stopper.

Natasha Thomas congratulates Sophie Welton. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Natasha Thomas congratulates Sophie Welton. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

Jade Henry added herself to the score sheet with a sublime long range effort, which was executed perfectly into the bottom right hand corner.


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Moments later Welton bagged herself a second, her shot from just outside the area dipping under the bar and over the keeper, to make it 7-0, with plenty of time still to go.

Then captain Amanda Crump ensured her name was on the scoresheet, making it 8-0.

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Welton soon got her deserved hat-trick, poking the ball home and she still had more to come; once again on the receiving end of a cross by Henry to make it 10-0.

Ipswich Town midfielder Cassie Craddock. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town midfielder Cassie Craddock. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

The 11th came with only a few minutes of the 90 remaining.

Thomas earned her fourth of the day, powerfully heading the ball home. Despite the score-line Walsham seemed very happy, knowing it was going to be an extremely tough game, especially with the form Town are currently in.

A classy and dominant performance from beginning to end as the Tractor Girls look to once again retain their Suffolk Women’s FA Cup title.

Ipswich Town forward Jade Henry. Picture: ROSS HALLS

Ipswich Town forward Jade Henry. Picture: ROSS HALLS - Credit: Archant

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