Women's Football: Barnsley beat Sheffield to seal FA Cup progress
Barnsley, who are enjoying their best ever run in the Women’s FA Cup, booked their place in the third round with a rampant 4-0 home win over Sheffield FC.
Laura Bartup’s powerful header from Sophie Bell’s cross opened the scoring on 16 minutes and Kathryn Smith converted a penalty several minutes later.
Sheffield enjoyed a strong spell in the second half and came close to reducing the arrears which would have set up an interesting finish.
However, Bartup had other ideas and she settled matters beyond doubt inside the last ten minutes with two quickfire goals to seal
a convincing cup win.
Barnsley’s reward for beating Sheffield is an away tie against either Chorley or Brighouse.
The pair return to FA Women’s National League action on Sunday.
Sheffield, second bottom in the Northern Premier Division, host Derby whilst Division One North leaders Barnsley entertain Bolton.
The Tykes are unbeaten in their nine league games so far, only dropping points in a draw against third place Brighouse.
Rotherham United extended their 100 per cent start in the East Midlands Premier Division to six games.
Both Lucy Ridley and Nat Shaw bagged hat-tricks in the 8-3 home victory over Leicester City.
Amy Pollock and Bradie Wild also scored for Rotherham, who trail leaders Peterborough United by four points, but with two games in hand.
Sheffield Wednesday's Development side moved six points clear at the top of Sheffield and Hallam Women/Girls League Division Two. They romped to a 10-0 home victory over Kiveton Park.
Mattia Roberts scored a second half treble as Wickersley Youth won 3-1 at Dronfield Town Development.
Chesterfield, who will play several fixtures at the Proact Stadium this season, won their first game there 3-0.
Ami Buzzeo, Izzy Lonsdale and Paige Singleton saw off Lincoln Moorlands Railway.
Sheffield United Women are back in Championship action on Sunday (2pm) at the Proact, when they host London Bees.