Rotherham United Ladies booked their place in the first round proper of this season’s FA Women’s Cup with a comfortable 8-0 home victory.
It came in their third round qualifying tie at home to South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Rotherham burst out of the blocks as Lauren Bailey opened with her first goal of the season in the third minute.
The lead was doubled when Nat Shaw netted an unmissable range tap-in from Jade Rabjohn’s low centre 14 minutes later.
Rotherham had the better of the first half hour with Sam Casson saving twice to prevent Shaw bagging a first half treble.
However, it was not all one-way traffic.
Wednesday enjoyed a purple patch leading up to the interval.
Jodie Ealand first hit the woodwork before Dani Harrison had a shot tipped onto the bar expertly by Charlie Whiteley.
The game’s third goal was key to the outcome and after making a bright start to the second half, Wednesday were undone.
The pivotal moment came when Jess Birtles headed home from Amy Pollock’s corner on 53 minutes.
The next three goals followed at two-minute intervals for 6-0 just before the hour mark was reached in a blistering period for the Rotherham contingent.
Pollock netted goals four and five and should really have finished the game with a hat trick following a menacing display in front of the Wednesday goal.
Bailey set up Pollock’s first and she also paved the way for Rabjohn to make it 6-0.
Shaw had chances to add to her tally before finally striking twice in quick succession to complete her hat trick in the 80th and 82nd minutes.
For all that Rotherham enjoyed their highest score of the season, the clean sheet was in no small part due to some fine defensive work by Birtles.
In particular, she was on hand to clear the ball with composure and effect before Wednesday could turn several promising moves into dangerous ones.
Rotherham were paired away to Chorley in Monday’s draw.
However, the FA Women’s Premier League Midlands Division One action beckons this coming Sunday with a local derby at home to Steel City Wanderers whom they beat 6-3 at the end of September.
Rotherham’s Development team drew 1-1 at AFC Unity, Jodie Askham scoring.
Mexborough Athletic were the victims of an upset in the Sheffield & Hallamshire County League Krukowski Cup preliminary round when they lost 6-4 at Brampton Rovers who play a level lower in Division Three.
Lisa Hill (3) and Chelsea Kitchen were on target for Mexborough who were not at their best. Mexborough resume their league fixtures at Sheffield Wednesday Development this Sunday.
Dearne & District lost 5-0 at North East League Southern Division leaders Westella & Willerby and the pair meet again this Sunday.
Photo: By Julian Barker.