RESERVES | Five star Reds book a place in the semi-finals


Southampton Women’s Reserves stormed into the semi-finals of the Southern Region Chairman’s Cup as they ran out 5-1 winners over New Milton Town.


Goals from Faye Roberts and Kayleigh Tonks gave the Reds a solid cushion at the break before they pushed on in the second-half.


Tia Hooper, Mia Inglis and an own goal made sure of the victory with New Milton only able to score a consolation goal late on.


It had been a month since Steve Davies’ side last played following three postponements to this fixture already due to the recent winter storms and is side were chomping at the bit to get going.


The Reserves manager selected a strong side with youth and experience on his side against New Milton where the weather conditions were also to be considered.


Southampton had the brighter start with Hooper dragging a shot wide before Paris Payne raced down the wing to fire a cross into an empty box.


New Milton got the ball down and found their captain, Victoria Wardle, who got the best of the Southampton defence where her dangerous cross was quickly parried by Lauren Sayler.


Tonks tried her luck before Roberts was denied by a great save from the New Milton goalkeeper, Payne again with a great cross.


Just under half-hour played and Roberts finally broke the deadlock, dinking the ball over the keeper at the back post for her eighth goal of the season.


Five minutes later and the lead was doubled through Tonks.


The youngster forward has been scoring a few in University football and brought that form into club level poking in from close range from Hooper’s lovely low cross.