Ipswich Town Women in last 16 of FA Cup
IPSWICH Town Women’s captain Amanda Crump described their 4-1 victory at Huddersfield Town in the Women’s FA Cup as the most significant result in the club’s history.
A hat-trick from 16-year-old Maddie Biggs and a Natasha Thomas goal gave Ipswich a 4-0 lead at the interval in the fourth-round tie at the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Despite being under the cosh in the second half Joe Sheehan’s side, who sit second in FA Women's National League Division One South East - a level below hosts Huddersfield - conceded just once in the 50th minute to reach the last 16 of the competition for the first time ever.
Former Suffolk FA Women’s captain Crump, who has played for the club for 13 years, said: “This is the most significant result we have had as a club. I don’t think any feeling compares to this.
“It is the furthest we have ever got in the competition and we are the only fourth-tier team to make it through to the last 16 of this season’s competition.
“I was immensely proud to captain the team yesterday. I have played in this competition for a number of years and we have played against teams such as Aston Villa and Charlton Athletic, but it is an unbelievable feeling to reach the last 16.”
It was the first time that Huddersfield Town Women had played at the John Smith’s Stadium and they attracted a record crowd 1,115 to watch the match.
Crump praised Biggs, who scored twice in the opening ten minutes before completing her first senior hat-trick just before the break, with former Suffolk FA Women’s striker Thomas having added the third in the 20th minute. Ipswich players are pictured above celebrating one of their goals. Photograph courtesy of Ross Halls.
“It was an incredible achievement for Maddie Biggs, who is only 16 and was playing in her first match in a stadium, to score a first-half hat-trick,” said Crump.
“It was a difficult game to play in because they were a tough team to play against and we had to change our strategy in the second half to counteract the threat they were posing.
“We have now played against three teams from leagues higher than us and shown that if we do get promoted this season we will be able to compete in the league above,” Crump continued.
Ipswich will be ball number 11 in the fifth-round draw which will be broadcast on the BBC News Channel from 6.40pm on Monday evening.
The draw, which will be conducted by Sue Smith and Rachel Brown-Finnis, will be broadcast live from the BBC Sport studios at Media City, Salford.
The fifth round will take place on Sunday, February 16th and Crump said: “A home draw against one of the big clubs and the chance to make more history would be nice for the club.
“We have a great fan following so it would be nice to have a home draw for them.”
This season’s Women’s FA Cup Final will take place at Wembley Stadium connected by EE on Saturday, May 9th 2020. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased here
Up to two children per booking can go free of charge with adult tickets priced at £15. Adult group tickets are £7.50 each.