REPORT | Bloomfield brace books a place in the Fourth Round

Erin Bloomfield netted twice as Southampton Women's beat higher opposition in the Women's FA Cup once again with a 3-1 victory of West Bromwich Albion.

The ex-Yeovil Town striker scored either side of half-time before Jane Yeates sealed the win from close range, Trina Greaves scored for the Baggies but it was only a consolation in the end.

A place in the Fourth Round and a potential matchup against a Super League team awaited the winners of the first game of 2020 for Southampton.

The eight-time winners were aiming to be in the draw.

The opening exchanges were edged by the visitors who forced an excellent save from Rose Kite at full stretch.

West Brom showed the physicalness throughout the game but Southampton grew into the game as Kellie Warren tried her luck from range before Bloomfield was beaten to the ball by the Baggies goalkeeper.

Attacks kept coming for the visitors; they dragged Kite off her line with the attacker getting round her to shoot into an empty net however, Warren came running through to block.

With 34 minutes played a breakthrough came and it went to the hosts.

Philippa Holden winning the ball back in midfield to feed a perfect ball through for Bloomfield who finished with her first touch from her left foot.

Kite was called into action before the break when a low cross was well met at the back post but the keeper's leg prevented the equaliser.

There was a double change at half-time with Laura Vokes, making her 100th appearance, and Yeates replacing Emily Wernham and E-J May.

It was the Baggies who started stronger but couldn't find the clinical edge with Kite once again making a crucial block.

Just past the hour mark, Bloomfield was brought down inside the box by Ria Elsmore.

The striker coolly converted from the spot for her second of the afternoon and nearly had a third soon after.

Down the other end Warren was having the game of her life as she made another excellent tackle stopping a West Brom move on the edge of the area.

71 minutes and the lead was extended, a flowing move with Holden feeding Samuels to cross low which was spilt by the Baggies keeper, Vanessa Kinnerley, at the feet of Yeates for a tap in.

Five minutes later though and West Brom found a goal.

It wasn't the prettiest of goals but from a corner, the visitors' Greaves poked home from two yards.

Southampton had three chances to score with ten minutes to go; Bloomfield's effort was save by the keeper, Holden's shot was blocked before Yeates fired wide.

Chances went begging for the Baggies as they put the hosts under the cosh and the nervous crowd endured seven minutes of injury-time.

The final whistle came to the delight of the crowd and team who continue their best run in the Women's FA Cup in recent history.

Full-time: Southampton 3 West Brom 1


The draw for the Fourth Round of the Women's FA Cup is on Monday, January 6th on TalkSport2 at 5pm tune in to see who Southampton will take on next.

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