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Ladies In Seventh Heaven

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STOKE CITY LADIES reached the FA Women's Cup Third Round for only the second-ever time when they thrashed TNS 7-0 yesterday.

Jamilla Palmer notched twice during the rout, whilst Meg Bowyer, Jodie Foxhall, Chantelle Gallagher, Natasha Tezgel and Louise Roberts also added their names to the scoresheet.

Palmer's second saw her cut in from the left and roll the ball into the far corner, whilst Roberts fired home from distance for the seventh after playing two one-twos through the pitch.

The Potters had raced into a five-goal lead by half-time, with the opposition keeper pulling off some decent saves as the home side rallied in the second half.

Manager Andrew Frost was delighted with the safe passage through to the next round, but also paid credit to the opposition, who usually compete two leagues below.

"It was a real professional performance by the girls and I'm delighted to see us progress," he said.

"TNS gave 110% in their performance and tried to make it as difficult for us as they could, so credit to them for that.

"We did well to get five up at half-time, whilst the second half was a good opportunity for us to try different things out; giving youngsters who haven't had much chance to get involved the opportunity to go out and play for the first team."

The prize for their efforts is an away tie at Coventry City in the Third Round, with the game due to be played on Sunday 9th February (kick off 2.00pm).

Coventry are currently in third position in the Southern Division of the FA Women's Premier League, whilst the Potters are second in the Northern Division.

"It'll be a really tough game for us and one that's very hard to call," added Frost.

"It is exciting to play a team of a similar level to us, but one from a different league.

"They have three of four outstanding individuals so we'll have to pay close attention to them if we want to progress.

"I imagine it'll be a well contested game and one that will hopefully result in another Stoke City victory."

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