Article by Danny Rust: Nicole Farmer hopes she never has to don the gloves again after briefly having to take over in goal during Billericay Town Ladies’ comeback win over Wymondham Town Ladies in the Women’s FA Cup.
An 87th minute winner allowed Kim Coster’s side to advance in the competition. But Billericay’s victory was even more spectacular as three different players wore the goalkeeper’s jersey.
After Alex Baker was shown a straight red card for bringing down a Wymondham striker, Farmer took over between the sticks. But Farmer, who sees herself as a utility player, admitted her stint between the sticks did not go to plan.
“We were 2-0 up when Alex was sent off,” said Farmer.
“I looked around and knew someone had to go in goal. I thought it was not long until half-time so I thought I would go in goal and see us through to the break. They had a penalty because of the red card and, although I went the right way, I didn’t really dive so that went in. It was then 2-2 before half-time because they lobbed me and I’m not the tallest. That was literally the first time I have been in goal and it’s safe to say it was an experience.”
With a third goalkeeper between the sticks after the interval, Wymondham then made use of their numerical advantage by taking the lead. But Billericay equalised and a late goal from Zoe Rushen allowed Billericay to progress. And Farmer believes Billericay showed great togetherness after being reduced to just 10 players on the pitch.
“I think it was a really important win,” added Farmer.
“We lost in midweek at Ipswich Town Women, which brought our unbeaten start to the season to an end, but I think we learned a lot from that. I think we showed we were together after the red card at Wymondham. We fought more for each other and we showed more passion. The red card came after I passed the ball back to Alex and it bobbled up and hit her shin. She then caught the player but it was never a red card because it was accidental. It was a controversial red card.”
And Farmer was pleased to help Billericay progress in the competition.
“We have got a target in the Women’s FA Cup and it would be great to go on a cup run,” confirmed Farmer, who has now been at the AGP Arena for four seasons. After going 3-2 down, we didn’t stop fighting and we all said we weren’t going to give up and we wouldn’t leave with a loss. It was a great team performance.”
Article by Danny Rust, The Echo