Accrington Ladies continued their best-ever run in the FA Women’s Cup after overcoming Wetherby Athletic to reach the competition’s third qualifying round.
Accy welcomed their Yorkshire opponents to the Livingstone Road sports ground in the second qualifying round on Sunday.
That was already the furthest AGLFC had gone in the competition but they went a step further as they claimed a 5-3 home win over Wetherby.
They led 4-2 at half-time after Leah Embley and Becky Holt-McEwan scored two goals apiece in the first half.
Lauren Walker then got on the scoresheet to seal victory for Accy, while Sarah Darcy was named player of the match.
The visitors started strongly and for the opening 10 minutes they pinned Accrington back in their own half.
However, it was Accy who struck first when Embley turned home a right-wing cross from Holt-McEwan in the 12th minute.
The lead was doubled within two minutes as Embley repaid the compliment with a deft chip over the keeper for Holt-McEwan to head home from close range.
Embley was again the provider with a 16th-minute corner, which resulted in Holt-McEwan grabbing her second goal of the game.
Wetherby struck back two minutes later with a superbly struck free-kick into the far top corner.
Accrington continued to dominate possession and were rewarded in the 28th minute with their fourth goal as Walker released Embley to score her second goal of the game.
Wetherby again pulled a goal back five minutes before the break following a couple of errors in the Accrington defence to cut the deficit to two goals at half-time.
Accy soon restored their three-goal cushion, though, as Walker beat the offside trap in the 49th minute to race onto a Darcy pass and chip the ball over the advancing keeper.
The game was more even now as Wetherby went more direct with three strikers and they set up a nervy finish when they reduced the deficit again in the 85th minute.
But Accrington resisted to reach the next round, where they’ll visit Stockport County on Sunday, November 2.
This weekend the Ladies face a derby match against Haslingden Ladies in the first round of the County Cup.