Emily Allen’s spectacular 85th minute strike sealed United Women’s place in the FA Cup Fourth Round last Sunday to set up a clash with Charltion in the fourth round on Sunday.
“I was going to pass it; I could hear Lauren Haynes screaming for it, but it sat up nicely, so I thought I’m just going to hit it" she said. "I had a good touch out from my feet and then luckily it absolutely flew in.
“We knew coming into the game that Billericay were a strong team, looking at their previous result against Ipswich. We knew that they had a pretty strong number nine and they caused us some problems.
“They made it tough for us at times, but I think we had the quality to finish our chances. We probably could’ve had a couple more if we were on it with our finishing as well."
Defender Gemma Sims reiterated her side’s delight at progressing in the FA Cup:
“We’re all buzzing; it was a great performance again, coming off the back of last week. We knew that we couldn’t be complacent - Billericay are a great team so we’re buzzing to go through to the next round.”
United Manager Liam Gilbert added “I think that’s the thing I was most proud of for the girls, the fact that we approached this game as we would normally – our attitude and application throughout the week was fantastic and I think that showed. Credit to Billericay, they have some very good players, and they were well set up.
“Fair play to Emily, it was a fantastic strike. It certainly helped calm the blood pressure! She picked a good day to do it with the live stream, but if she could do that a little bit earlier next week that would be nice!”
The winners of next Sunday’s tie between Oxford and Charlton Athletic at Court Place Farm are set to face either Wolverhampton Wanderers or Blackburn Rovers away in the FA Cup Fifth Round on Sunday 16th May.
We'll have full details of the weekend's stream very soon.