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Nathan Soulby after the Lionesses' 5-4 FA Cup win against Curzon AshtonThe character of Salford City Lionesses to re-group and come from behind to progress to the next round of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup is something to be applauded, says Manager Nathan Soulby.

Trailing 3-1 at half time against Curzon Ashton Women, the Lionesses pulled the scores back to 3-3 and had to come from behind again to eventually win 5-4, with Rebecca Foster scoring the winning goal from the penalty spot in the last minute.

It was an incredible way to pick up a first ever win in the Women’s FA Cup, and speaking afterwards Soulby was full of praise for the team:

“I can’t really explain it, obviously just delighted for them!

“To be 3-0 down at any point is tough and obviously it was early in the game, but they said at half time ‘we’re not losing this game’ and all credit to them for coming out and doing that. 

“Getting it back to three-all you think you can push on from there, then we conceded down the other end, so the first time we went ahead was in the last minute of that game and it just goes to show these girls are going to push right until the end. 

“To do it in a game of this magnitude in the FA Cup, it’s an unbelievable feeling and I’m just delighted that Salford have got their first win in the Women’s FA Cup.

Salford City Lionesses celebrate coming from behind to beat Curzon Ashton in the Women's FA Cup First Round Qualifying“The chat at half time was all positive and I can only commend the girls on their mindset then because I’ve seen us come in in pre-season at one-all and look more dejected than we did 3-1 down.

“We said all through pre-season that we’re capable of scoring goals, there’s very few games that we’ve scored less than three so we knew we could match their three, and they’ve come out, applied themselves really well, and they’re fully deserving of the win. 

“You’ve got to feel for the opposition a bit, losing in that manner, but I think looking across the course of the game we’ve had numerous chances that we’ve missed and could have been a bit more comfortable but just delighted we’re in the next round now!”

The Lionesses head to Chester for the Second Round Qualifying tie, which is scheduled to take place on Sunday 3rd October.

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