STUNNING strikes from Georgie Freeland and Rachel Panting saw Saints Women set up a mouthwatering FA Cup fifth-round tie with top-flight Birmingham City.

Freeland fired into the top corner just before the break to give lower league Saints the lead against Lewes at the Dripping Pan Stadium.

The hosts levelled through Ini Umotong's close-range header, only for Panting to smash home from around 30 yards with 11 minutes to play as Saints won 2-1.

"It was a performance that showed where these players are at," Saints boss Marieanne Spacey-Cale told the club's website.

"The resilience they've got, the work they've done during lockdown and the belief.

"Even when it came back to 1-1 we never doubted that we would have something to say during the rest of the game.

"We spoke before the game about the fact we wouldn't get many chances so we had to put them away. I'm looking forward to watching them back!

"Two really clean strikes and you get those opportunities because you are organised and defensively we were in such good shape.

"We had to be resolute as defenders. We got a little excited at times but you can't fault that defensive display, it gave us that platform, and we put away those two chances."

Discussing the opportunity of facing Super League side Birmingham in the last 16, Spacey-Cale added: "It's an exciting thing to look forward to.

"We'll just go into it with no fear and see what we can do."

Saints: Rendell, Provan, Parnell, Freeland, Pusey, Sievwright, Pharoah, C Morris, Kendall, Panting, Mott.

Subs: E Morris, Whitton, Fripp, Williams, Luce, Evans, Chaffe, Cleeve, Da Silva.