Hartlepool United Women’s dream FA Cup run has come to an end.
Pools were beaten 6-3 at Morecambe Ladies in the fourth qualifying round in Lancashire.
Defender Robyn Ingram was sent off for violent conduct.
Andy Stuart’s side had shocked Blackpool Wren Rovers in the third qualifying stage but were unable to repeat that result further up the Fylde coast against a side three divisions above them.
Pools were up against it as early as the 10th minute when they went down to 10 players.
Defender Robyn Ingram was sent off for violent conduct after kicking out at Morecambe player Laura Callis in retaliation.
Morecambe went in front through Becky Whittingham’s penalty after a home player went down in the Pools area.
Nonetheless, Pools recovered well and went into half-time level at 1-1 after a counter-attack seven minutes before the break saw Justine Robinson score.
However, Morecambe began to make their player advantage count in the second half.
Emma Kay made it 2-1 to the hosts in the 52nd minute when she rounded Hartlepool keeper Jess Coates before slotting home.
Thirteen minutes later, Hannah Paling extended the lead before Whittingham doubled her tally when she managed to scoop the ball above Coates.
Jenny Keane made it 5-1 before Kay turned provider when she squared for Megan Doherty to slot home a sixth.
Pools showed their resolve by firing back with two goals of their own in a spirited final 10 minutes.
Sarah Rowbotham netted before Robinson completed her brace to reduce the arrears to 6-3.
Morecambe took their place in the first round proper where they have been drawn at home to Pools’ Durham League league rivals, Chester-le-Street Town.
Meanwhile, Pools will now turn their attention turns back to their league campaign as they look to extend their 100 per cent record when they entertain third-placed Bishop Auckland in their next fixture on November 22.
Manager Stuart said: “It was a disappointing end to the FA Cup campaign because Morecambe represented a team that we were capable of beating.
“But we needed 11 players who played to their full potential and unfortunately that wasn’t the case on the day.”
Pools: Jess Coates, Sarah Bartlett, Robyn Ingram, Jo Hurrell (capt), Becs Smith, Caitlin Bates, Amy Cowan, Sarah Rowbotham, Jussy Robinson, Jade Pye, Lucy Hammond Garrington
Subs used: Hannah Lambert (70), Amy Barr (60), Rachael Ingold (30). Unused subs: Katie Ord, Chrissie Corner