Chorley Ladies made history on Sunday when they progressed into Round Two of the Women’s FA Cup for the first time.
The game against Rotherham United took place on the 3g pitch in Croston as their regular pitch at Charnock Richard was waterlogged.
But Chorley didn’t let the change of venue or surface affect them as they ran out 5-2 winners.
Rotherham took a very early lead, which unnerved Chorley, who were ran ragged by Rotherham for the opening 20 minutes.
Bosses Lami Sonola and Roger Leigh responded to this with a formation change and Chorley soon regained control.
Lovely interlinking play between Janet Dawson and Vicky Coope lead to Sarah Berry being fouled in the penalty box.
Coope stepped up to smash the ball into the back of the net.
The positive energy flooded into the Chorley players and Scarlett Smith charged into the Rotherham box to hit home and double Chorley’s goal tally.
Rotherham were winded and struggled to respond.
Minutes before the interval, Chorley were awarded a corner from which Berry rose highest to head to Sam Cadwallader, who fired home giving Chorley a 3-1 cushion.
After half-time, Saskia Bowes and Janet Dawson ensured the defence was tight.
Chorley’s fourth came from Coope, who slotted home another penalty awarded after Smith was brought down a skilful run into the box.
Coope then completed her hat-trick after being found at the back post by an inch perfect cross from Danielle Brookwell.
Rotherham gained a consolation with two minutes to go.
Chorley’s Round Two tie will be at Charnock Richard on January 11 against FC