Hat-trick heroine Julienne shows no sympathy for her former club
FORMER Bristol Ladies Union player Chantelle Julienne came back to haunt her old club by scoring twice – including the last-minute winner – to clinch a dramatic 3-2 victory for Gloucester City in their Gloucestershire FA Women's Challenge Cup clash at Coombe Dingle.
In-form SW Women's League Premier Division contenders BLU had been fancied to pull off an upset against the higher-ranked SW Women's Combination outfit, who are bottom of the table and still without a league win.
But Natalia Debek's brace wasn't enough for the home side and although they were missing key players through injury and holidays, head coach Rich Sears was still disappointed with the outcome.
"I can't criticise the effort, but we were poor," he admitted.
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"We had a good chance to show we have strength in depth with so many players absent, but we didn't do that. We didn't step up."
Holders Bristol Academy romped through 13-0 at Abbeymead to book a second-round home game against Quedgeley, who were 5-2 victors over Almondsbury UWE.
Downend Flyers progressed without kicking a ball as opponents Cheltenham Spa were unable to raise a side. They will travel to Longlevens on November 18.
Bristol & West's Emma Payne scored twice – including a goal in extra-time – as their clash with Dursley Town at the South Bristol Sports Centre finished 2-2 before the home side triumphed 4-2 on penalties. They will now host Oldland Abbotonians.
Longwell Green extended their winning run to six weeks with a convincing 9-2 victory over Southmead Community Sports.
Lucy Werrett led the way with a hat-trick, while Sarah Price, Phil Gent and Amy Nicholson all netted doubles to set up a home tie against St Nicholas, but AEK Boco went out 2-1 at home to Cirencester.
In the SW Women's League, Stoke Lane Athletic's woes continued as an 8-0 home defeat to Premier Division title-chasers Larkhall Athletic left the Bristol club still without a point seven games into the campaign.
Goals from Amy Jefferies and Becky Rexworthy earned St Nicholas the 2-1 win over Keynsham Town Reserves which took them level on points with Eastern Division One leaders Swindon Supermarine.
They leapfrogged Swindon Spitfires, who were held to a 0-0 draw by Oldland Abbotonians in a game which saw the Bristol club come closest to scoring when they hit the woodwork.
"We started terribly but then came into the game and a draw was probably a fair result – our workrate was tremendous," said Oldland's assistant boss Steve Lavis.
"Performances are improving, but now we are without a game for two weeks, which is very frustrating."