Tractor Girls complete perfect October with Premier League Cup scalp

Ipswich Town players celebrate with goalscorer Zoe Cossey. Picture: BEN POOLEY

Ipswich Town players celebrate with goalscorer Zoe Cossey. Picture: BEN POOLEY - Credit: Archant

Premier League Cup Ipswich Town Ladies 1 C&K Basildon 0 Ipswich Town Ladies are through to the second round of the Premier League Cup after beating Southern Premier Division side C&K Basildon Ladies 1-0 at Felixstowe & Walton United’s Goldstar Ground.

Ipswich Town defender Lindsey Cooper goes in for a tackle. Picture: BEN POOLEY

Ipswich Town defender Lindsey Cooper goes in for a tackle. Picture: BEN POOLEY - Credit: Archant

Ralph Pruden’s side – who thrashed Larkhall Atheltic 8-1 in September to reach the first round proper – are in fine form having won all five of their games this month, scoring 26 goals and only conceding two.

Basildon, who play a step higher in the pyramid, started the game well and applied most of the pressure in the first 20 minutes.

The home side were struggling to use their scraps of possession but when they finally did it created the first real chance of the game. The ball was played forward to Jade Henry who took it on before turning her defender hitting the crossbar with a 25-yard effort.

This was a turning point for Ipswich who now started to play with more belief and made better use of the ball

Ipswich Town captain Amanda Crump. Picture: BEN POOLEY

Ipswich Town captain Amanda Crump. Picture: BEN POOLEY - Credit: Archant

It was Basildon who came closest to breaking the deadlock before half-time though, forcing a smart save from Sian Fagg.

The second half was pretty even, but Town got the decisive breakthrough in the 70th minute when winger Zoe Cossey scored her sixth goal of the season by brilliantly chipping the ball over keeper Runnacles into the corner of the net from outside the box.

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Ipswich looked threatening from Amanda Crump’s dangerous set-piece deliveries and Runnacles twice did well to claw the ball away from Lindsey Cooper when she look set to score.

The visitors then put on the pressure on massively in the final 10 minutes but Town defended well, survived a penalty shout, while keeper Fagg pulled off a couple of great saves.

Ipswich Town debutant Cat Upton battling for the ball. Picture: BEN POOLEY

Ipswich Town debutant Cat Upton battling for the ball. Picture: BEN POOLEY - Credit: Archant

Town had two players making their first team debuts in the form of Cat Upton and Oyinda Okunowo.

The draw for the next round is next Monday. The ladies first team have no game this Sunday, then are back in league action as they travel to Actonians at North Greenford United Football Club on November 5.

Town XI: Fagg (GK), Ball, Petley, Cooper, B Welton, Crump (cpt), Arnoup, Cossey, Moore (Upton), Thomas, Henry (Okunowo).

Ipswich Town defender Lindsey Cooper goes in for a tackle. Picture: BEN POOLEY

Ipswich Town defender Lindsey Cooper goes in for a tackle. Picture: BEN POOLEY - Credit: Archant

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