FA Cup magic for Samson

Jacey Samson is mobbed by her teammates
Jacey Samson is mobbed by her teammates

Three years after being told she would never play football again, Eastbourne Town striker Jacey Samson returned and scored the winning goal to knock QPR out of the FA Cup.

Last weekend the magic of the FA Cup was alive in Eastbourne as Town ladies secured one of the biggest scalps in women’s football with a momentous 1-0 victory in the second round of the Women’s FA Cup.

QPR play their football in the Premier League South, two tiers above Eastbourne, and came into the match as overwhelming favourites.

Samson provided the decisive moment as she made her first appearance in more than three years after suffering a dislocated and broken ankle and snapped fibula and tibia in a midweek match.

The Town striker was told she would never play again but against all odds Samson made her comeback last Sunday and struck the important goal in the 52nd minute to hand the Saffrons side a third round tie against Derby County.

After the game Samson said, “I was so nervous about the game. I was told I would not play again.

“To come back for my home team and score, it was amazing. The support for the club and myself has been incredible.”

Town captain Emma Parslow, who gave Samson the vote of confidence to start the match, admitted the club had sorely missed their star goal machine.

“It was devastating for her and us when the injury happened. We started to suffer from not having her around.

“It’s been a long road back for her.”

Town play their first ever third round FA Cup tie against Derby County on Sunday, February 1 at the Saffrons.