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Ipswich Town knocked out of Women's FA Cup by Billericay Town




There is to be no repeat of last season's record-breaking heroics after Ipswich Town Women bowed out of the Vitality Women's FA Cup yesterday afternoon.

The Tractor Girls made history 12 months ago when they became the first ever tier four side to reach the last 16 of the elite competition, at which point they were beaten 10-0 by star-studded eventual winners Manchester City.

However, this time around they were unable to advance beyond the second round, going down 2-1 at fellow Division One South East outfit Billericay Town.

Having dominated large parts of the opening exchanges, it was little surprise when Ipswich broke the deadlock in the 27th minute through Anna Grey's strike from distance.

But the lead would last for just three minutes as the hosts' Therese Addison wriggled herself free of the Town defence before drilling the ball in from the edge of the box.

Both teams had chances in the second half, and it was Billericay that eventually made it count two minutes from time when AFC Sudbury Academy's Paige Clemenson cut the ball back from the right byline for Addison, who turned in her second goal of the tie.

Billericay will now travel to Oxford United in the third round on Sunday.

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