Peterborough Northern Star Ladies eased their way into the last eight of the East Midlands Ladies League Cup with an emphatic 8-2 win away at Raunds Ladies on Sunday.
The margin of victory pleased Star boss Steve Iredale but he was more impressed with the attitude shown by his players as they battled against injuries to put together a small 12-strong squad to beat their nearby opponents
‘’We had a couple of players who played through the pain barrier to help the team out and another player who had actually left the area due to her job but who was back visiting her parents for the weekend – unfortunately for them they didn’t see her on Sunday as we ‘borrowed’ her for the afternoon,” said Iredale.
Donna Nicholls put Star in front after just 10 minutes before she doubled the lead from the penalty spot after Jess Farchica was bundled off the ball in the box.
Stand-in centre-forward Samara Iredale added a third after 30 minutes and an own goal from a Nicholls corner gave Star a comfortable 4-0 half-time lead.
Raunds briefly gave themselves a chance when Peterborough-based forward Tash Applegate pulled one back early in the second half but Star restored the four-goal advantage two minutes later through Vicky Gallagher.
The home team came back again to make it 5-2 with Applegate striking again before Iredale added a sixth for Star.
Farchica followed up a shot to make it seven and Iredale completed her hat-trick with the eighth after 75 minutes.
Iredale added: “We’re still in both cup competitions - the county cup and the league cup - going into the New Year nd it’s always good to keep the interest going.
“But the league is our main priority and a win this Sunday will certainly boost our chances. Hopefully our injured players will have recovered and we may also have a new signing from West Bromwich Ladies.’’
Star are third in the East Midlands League Premier Division with five wins out of six.
Sunday’s game is away to league leaders Eastwood Community from Nottingham.