Accrington knock Wetherby Athletic Ladies out of FA Cup

Wetherby Athletic Ladies against Leeds United last year. Alex Daniel Photography
Wetherby Athletic Ladies against Leeds United last year. Alex Daniel Photography
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Mike Robinson was left to rue a ‘disappointing’ offside decision as Wetherby Athletic Ladies crashed out of the Women’s FA Cup, losing 5-3 at Accrington on Sunday.

It was the home side that made the better start in the second qualifying round tie, taking a 3-0 advantage after 25 minutes.

Robinson’s side went in at half time 4-2 down after goals from Rachel Carmichael and Becky Furey gave Wetherby hope, but the tie was taken out of their reach after a contentious offside decision after half time gave Accrington an unassailable lead.

Robinson said: “There was still hope for us at half time and I said to the team how important the next goal was because Accringtons’ heads had dropped.

“At the start of the second half, our defence stepped up after a long ball over the top but the linesman kept his flag down, even though the girl was a good four to five yards offside.

“I don’t know what he was thinking. We had all stopped but their player just took it round Kelly Jackson. Even their manager apologised to us after the game.

“The game wasn’t decided on that but if we went back to 4-3 and their heads had started to go then it could have been a different outcome. They didn’t really have another chance in the second half.”

Robinson admitted that, despite the offside goal, Accrington deserved their victory but was quick to praise his team’s performance and said his team will come back stronger against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, October 26.

He said: “We have a week off next week but we would prefer to be playing.

“We are not the kind of team to let our heads go down and the players will be ready for the Sheffield Wednesday game.

“We have everyone available for selection and we’re looking to get back on a winning streak.”