Forest Green Rovers Women progressed to the third round of the Soccerworld Cup on Sunday after overcoming Laverstock and Ford Ladies 3-1 on penalties.
It was a frustrating 90 minutes for the home side as it remained goalless at full time, but three fantastic penalties from Sian Towler, Beth Edwards and Lucy Gould meant they secured their spot in the next round of the competition.
Rovers are without a manager after Craig Darkin’s last game with the club in a 5-1 loss to Frome Town last month, but interim coach Gary Woods praised his team’s performance.
“It was solid. It was good all round. A few decisions went against us, but overall it was a very consistent performance,” he said. “We’ve moved on from last week, so all good.
“I’m very pleased for the ladies. They’re manager-less at the moment so it makes it all the better for them, we know that we can still win and compete.”
Rovers dominance throughout the game only equated to a handful of half-chances and putting them away is something Woods feels his side must improve on going forward.
He said: “It’s something we’ll work on in training. But the fundamentals are there.
“They’ve been left in a good place so we’ve just got to work on it and get their confidence up, so they can finish their chances.”
As the second half wore on, things became quite scrappy for the hosts and frustration was evident.
“Tempers were fraying throughout the match,” Woods said. “There were a few dubious challenges, but I think overall we handled it quite well.
“I wanted the girls to keep doing what they were doing. I wanted them to have the confidence that they would come back out [after half time] and win.”