Despite only having 10 players, City Belles booked a spot in the second round of the BBFA County Trophy, beating Flackwell Heath 4-3 on penalties.
With work commitments and injury dramatically reducing Belles’ squad, the side took to the field a player light and with no substitutes as they sought to put their poor start to the league season behind them.
Despite the numerical disadvantage, City Belles were strong defensively as manager Des Bill made a bold decision to play usual striker Natalie Keefe at centre back which proved to be a great tactical decision as the game headed into extra time goal-less.
Neither side were able to break the deadlock after 120 minutes and it went to penalties.
After Flackwell scored their first spot kick Becka Smart equalised for Belles.
Keeper Christina Jesty then saved fantastically with her feet after diving the wrong way to give Belles the advantage.
The penalties kept going in, with Lily Bill, Natalie Keefe and Kelly Crompton keeping up the 100 per cent record for the visitors.
And the game was wrapped up when Jesty got a vital hand to Flackwell’s fifth penalty to send City Belles into the next round.