With their FA Women’s Cup tie against Liverpool Feds postponed, Sheffield FC Ladies eased their fixture backlog by re-scheduling their Sheffield & Hallamshire County FA Women’s Challenge Cup tie against Barnsley.
Barnsley conceded ground advantage and the tie went ahead at Sheffield United’s Academy.
As expected, holders and favourites for this season’s competition Sheffield duly progressed, but it was not until the second half that their superior status proved telling.
The eventual 15-0 margin was larger than possibly anticipated, but a half-time score of 2-0 reflects well on Barnsley.
Carla Ward 6, Jodie Michalska 5, Lisa Giampalma, Issy Hayes, Becky Lee and Kerry Parkin were the scorers for Sheffield who now face the winners of the delayed Sheffield Wednesday Res v Huddersfield Town tie.
Steel City Wanderers host the winners from another still-to-resolved third round tie Chesterfield v Staveley, while the other two quarter-final ties are Oughtibridge v Hemsworth and Doncaster Belles (Women) v Sheffield Wednesday (firsts).
In the FA Women’s Premier League Reserve Section Sheffield drew 1-1 at Newcastle, Ashton Crouch netting a late equaliser.
Doncaster Rovers Belles collected their first FA Women’s Super League Development League points, at the fifth time of asking, with a 4-3 home win over Durham being much more one-sided than the score suggests.
Head coach Gordon Staniforth rightly reckoned 10-3 would have been more realistic. Belles created sufficient chances to have reached double figures and at 3-0 up through Lucy Sowerby 2 and Jemma Purfield, victory seemed a formality, but two scrappy goals reduced the margin before Emma Johnson made it 4-2.
Sheffield Wednesday Development recorded the highest score in Sheffield & Hallam County Women’s League Division Two this season winning 22-0 against bottom club Swinton who agreed to a reversal of venues as Wednesday were originally due to be at home.
Emma Fleetwood, Nat Ledger, Ash Sykes and Amy Webster all claimed hat tricks, while a further four players - Michaela Holmes, Demi Cassinelli, Stevie Mitchell and Bex Vickers - all netted twice with a goal apiece for Kelsey Bigley and Georgina Margerson.
The goal glut on a muddy pitch at Swinton all but wiped out the 26-goal advantage 100% leaders Oughtibridge enjoyed over Wednesday beforehand.
With both the top two having played seven of their scheduled 14 games and still to meet, Oughtibridge are two points and four goals better off.