Yeovil Town Women booked their place in the semi-final of the league cup, as they overcame Pen Mill Reserves by four goals to one in Sunday’s quarter final. Goals from Jess Hodge, Ceyda Fordrey and Chloe Perham ensured that the Glovers progressed into the semi-final of the league cup, as they seek further domestic glory.

Paul Knight made four changes to the team who beat Porlock in the previous round, as Les Spearing, Emma Brazell and Niamh Nicholls returned to the starting eleven. A debut was also handed to Chloe Bateman, who started the match at right back.

A quick start by Yeovil saw early pressure translate into an early lead as Jess Hodge netted her fifth goal in two games since returning from injury. In the fifth minute Yeovil’s captain received the ball on the edge of the eighteen-yard box, set herself and finished confidently to give her team an early lead.

Despite Yeovil’s confident beginning to the affair, the visitors struck back, making it 1-1 in the 26th minute of proceedings.

As half time approached, Pen Mill’s equaliser was cancelled out, as in the 41st minute. Chloe Davenport’s cross was met by an opposition defender who turned it into her own net, regaining Yeovil’s advantage.

Moments before the half time break the margin was extended further, courtesy of young substitute Ceyda Fordrey. After linking up well with Niamh Nicholls, Fordrey managed to convert with her second touch of the game to give the Glovers breathing space on the brink of the interval.

After the break, following another aggressive start, half time substitute Chloe Perham all but confirmed Yeovil’s place in the semi-final. After receiving the ball from Hodge, Perham’s well placed left footed finish evaded the Pen Mill goalkeeper and made it 4-1 to Yeovil.

A mostly uneventful second half, which saw Nicholls strike the crossbar and Abbie Carslake denied by an impressive save, finished with the score at 4-1, as Yeovil progressed. Poor weather conditions played a significant role over the course of the match, as the wind particularly took its toll in the latter stages of the tie.

Yeovil Town Women return to action on Sunday 14th April as they host Paulton Rovers Reserves in the Somerset Division One 14:00 KO.

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