After falling out of the FA Cup at the first stage, management definitely wanted to give the League Cup a go and get a winning run started.
Netherton arrived at Downham Market to be met by a sloping pitch but a good quality grass pitch.
With only 15 available for selection, we went with a 4-1-3-2 formation with Rachel again playing just in front of the back 4. We were on the attack in the first minute and went close, this was followed by another few chances in the first 10 minutes but no breakthrough.
It was becoming clear the the 3 in midfield were being swamped by Downham's midfield and things had to change. On 23 minutes Shannon came on to give us a second central midfielder with Rachel dropping into the back 4 in place of Klinta.
We were to go behind on 26 minutes, from what was a horrific goal to concede. Downham attacked and as the ball went through the linesman's flag went up for offside and Netherton players stopped playing. Unfortunately, a player who was not in an offside position ran through picked up the ball and slotted home. A sloppy goal that should not have happened.
The goal certainly woke us up and we then camped out in their half. On 31 minutes, Natalie picked up the ball just outside the opposition box, jinked in and out of a couple of players before confidently banging the ball into the net.
Another slow first half of football from our Ladies, but they have the ability in the squad to improve in the second half.
The only change at half time saw Tia come on for Yaz.
We started the second half with much more purpose and started using the wings more and on 54 minutes Stacie Boon played a lovely ball through to Kerry down the left, who composed herself and curled the ball into the top corner of the goal to take us 2-1 up, a great finish.
We were pegged back though on 63 minutes when we were unable to clear in our box and the opposition found the net for the equaliser.
We got back in front again on 74 minutes when Stacey Fullicks went on a mesmerising run down the right wing before crossing to Kerry who calmly slotted the ball home for her second of the afternoon.
Taking the lead again allowed us to freshen the line up again with 4 substitutions.
It was one of those substitutes, Tia, who was to score our fourth and final goal of the afternoon when she was found in the box by Yaz, with Tia finishing confidently.
4-2 final score and a just result on an afternoon of interesting refereeing interpretation of the rules of football.
It was great to see Adult football debuts for Amy and Yaz who both played well and overall it was a satisfying afternoons work with our name in the hat for the next round of the League Cup.
Player of the match was Stacey Fullicks for her magnificent effort over 90 minutes whilst full of cold and feeling unwell.