Newark Town Ladies defeat Southwell City Ladies 7-1 in Nottinghamshire FA Women’s Senior Cup Quarter Final
Football fans across the district can look forward to a new rivalry that is taking shape in the years ahead after Newark Town Ladies defeated Southwell Ladies 7-1 in a cup quarter-final.
Newark Town and Southwell City whose men's teams compete in the Blue Stripe Derby — so-called because the teams are called The Blues and The Zebras — are now both field ladies' teams.
The two lady sides of the club met in the Nottinghamshire Senior League Cup Quarter Final where Southwell put in a good account of themselves against a team that is two divisions higher.
However, the Blue Army's experience shone through as they managed to bring the game home in the second-half.
The score had been 2-0 at half-time with hosts Southwell still in the match and competing well before Newark Town put the scoreline beyond doubt.
A period of about 15 minutes saw the lion's share of the goals put away in the second period as The Blue Army stepped up their attack.
Newark Town who currently sit second in Division One of the Nottinghamshire Girls and Ladies Football League won the competition last season and have a good chance to do it again.
Connie Forman was a handful for Southwell's keeper as she scored her hat-trick.
Jess Hogg's pace also proved a problem for the home side's defence and she netted a brace for Newark.
Individual goals for Jessica Parker and Shelley Forster completed the seven-goal salvo.
Lois Harris was the sole scorer for Southwell who are currently undefeated in Division Three of the Nottinghamshire Girls and Ladies Football League.
Southwell manager Sven Richards said that there were positives from his young side but Newark had been tough competition.
Richards said that the result was a fair reflection of the game but the scoreline maybe was not.
"We have to remind ourselves that this is our first season in ladies' football," said Richards.
"We have a young squad whose average age is no higher than 18.
"There is still a lot to learn but still plenty of time to improve.
"Our focus will now go back to the league where we will strive to succeed."