ILMINSTER Town Ladies FC have made history by progressing to the Second Round Proper of the Women's FA Cup for their first time.

They did so by defeating Sherborne Ladies 3-0 at home on the weekend in a very impressive performance.

Jodi Cornwall scored two goals in the match and of course won player of the match, the third goal was an unfortunate own goal from a Sherborne player.

In the next round Ilminster have been drawn against Southampton FC Ladies at the Archie Gooch Pavilion on November 28.

Sherborne were the better team in the early exchanges in this match and from the chances they created probably felt hard done by to not go in front.

However Ilminster fought hard to get themselves into the game and started to improve their attacking play.

In the 18th minute the home side did go in front after Jodi Cornwall rounded off a well worked attack to finish neatly past the Sherborne goalkeeper.

Now in the lead, Ilminster had a firm grasp on the game and looked to go further in front.

They did just that in the 43rd minute after a deflection went sailing into the net for an own goal.

It may have been a lucky goal but Ilminster did deserve to go in to the half time break 2-0 up after a solid showing.

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In the second half Sherborne fought long and hard to get back into the match but credit has to go to the defence of Ilminster who played very well throughout.

They were getting blocks in on Sherborne shots, making some great tackles and overall working well as a team to hold on to the lead.

It wasn't all defence though, Ilminster had some more chances part way through the second half to go further in front but Sherborne's goalkeeper made some good saves.

In the 83rd minute however, Ilminster were awarded a penalty after the ball was handled inside the box by a Sherborne player.

Jodi Cornwall stepped up and despite the pressure she coolly converted to make it 3-0 and wrap up the win for her side.

Both in defence and attack the Ilminster women put in a good performance and truly were the better team on the day.

Despite all of Sherborne's efforts they could not find a way to score and Ilminster can be very proud of the clean sheet.


As mentioned already, they will face Southampton FC Women on Sunday November 28, at home at the Archie Gooch Pavilion.

Currently Southampton are in second place in the FA Women's National League Southern Premier Division and will be a very tough test for Ilminster.

The way the ladies are playing though, an upset is definitely possible and with the home crowd behind them who knows what could happen.