Report | Vokes' brace not enough as Southampton bow out of the League Cup

Laura Vokes reached 50 goals on Sunday. Photo credit John Bilcliff.

AFC Basildon struck late to knock Southampton Women’s out of the FA Women’s National League Cup despite a Laura Vokes brace.

Winger Vokes notched her 50th club goal in the first half but it was cancelled out by Holly Turner before the break.

Vokes restored the lead in the second half however, Basildon’s Sophie Spencer-Webb equalised on the rebound before a scramble in the box led to the visitors scoring a winner in injury-time.

There was five changes heading into the match including the returns of Rose Kite and Vokes plus starts for Nat Bavister, Tia Hooper and Jane Yeates.

It was a damp afternoon in Basingstoke as the venue was changed due to a waterlogged pitch at Romsey Town and it was Hooper who looked for an early goal.

The teenager was put through on goal by Yeates only to have three attempts well blocked by the Basildon defence.

Down the other end, Turner was found in space for a curling shot that went wide of Kite’s goal.

Vokes was causing trouble early doors for the hosts forced Charlotte Bolland in a great save before the winger’s cross was cleared only as far as Clark who smashed the ball over.

Basildon were quick to transition and broke into the Southampton box where the ball fell to Turner for the shot that Kite claimed well.

The young Lioness was called into action again making two good blocks to preserve her goal before the third shot fire over with Kite off her line.

Southampton found the net in the 29th minute as Vokes went toe to toe with the keeper to poke in a great Wernham delivery for her 50th goal for the club.

Kite had to be alert quickly from the restart making a great save before Turner tried, beating both Lauren Cheshire and Warren, but failed to test the 18-year-old.

On the edge of half-time Turner finally put one of her efforts away to the delights of the visiting dugout.

The striker with space on the edge of the area fired into the net levelling the scores in the 43rd minute.

After the break, both teams went in search of more goals and Kite made a great save denying Turner a second before she reacted quickly to put the ball out from a defensive error on the hour mark.

In the 71st Lauren Clark could watch as her close-range shot was volleyed off the line however, Basildon couldn't stop the Southampton from taking the lead a minute later.

Almost a repeat of her first goal, Vokes slide in to meet a perfect cross from substitute Hannah Samuels reaching the ball before the defender.

Yeates nearly made three as she gambled on a lofted ball over the Basildon backline, her effort edging wide.

12 minutes left to play and Basildon levelled again despite a great save by Kite who tipped the ball onto the bar, Spencer-Webb the quickest to react as she side-footed the ball into the empty net.

Four minutes later Kayleigh Tonks saw her cross handled in the box giving the referee no other option but to award a penalty.

Yeates stepped up to take it and put Southampton ahead for the third time but it wasn't to be as Bolland reach out to save the spot-kick.

Time ticked down and the possibility of extra-time was looming however, in the first minute of injury time the tie was finally decided.

A Basildon corner was headed on by Cheshire into the path of several bodies and Southampton couldn't stop the ball from going into the net.

The final whistle came and the Essex side progress into the Second Round of the League Cup.

Full-time: Southampton 2 AFC Basildon 3


Up next Southampton Women's will travel to north-west of London to play Chesham United in the league.

The game will take place on Sunday, October 20th at the Meadow with kick-off the usual 2:00pm.

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