Becca Woods' fantastic saves denied Laverstock and Ford three times in the penalty shoot-out, earning Forest Green Rovers a place in next round’s Soccerworld Cup.
It was a much quieter afternoon compared to last weekend’s comfortable 4-1 away win over Laverstock in the league, this time the hosts were unable to capitalise on their chances.
The match had to be decided by penalties after a goalless result, with Sian Towler, Beth Edwards and Lucy Gould making no mistake from the spot to progress 3-1 in the shootout.
An early chance fell to Holly Thomas in the ninth minute from Edwards' through ball, but the shot was well saved by the keeper.
Penalty shouts were heard from the home players as Edwards suffered a knock inside the box in the 35the and had to be replaced by Monika Kisicka as a result of the injury.
Shortly after the break, the Green Army came close to seeing their efforts pay off, when, in the 59th minute, Dimery’s shot was cleared off the line by the opposition’s defender.
Minutes before full-time, Paige Towler took her chance from a distance but her effort evaded the top corner and went wide.
It was a dull affair and frustration became visible as shouts for offside became a regular occurrence, leading the Rovers to lose focus and momentum.
Forest Green Women now prepare for their next two Eastern Division games, away to Sherborne Town Ladies First on Sunday, December 8, and at home to Swindon Spitfires FC Womens the following weekend, both are scheduled for 2pm.