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Whilst the Fourth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup takes place this Sunday, Bristol City and Reading Royals will still be trying to play their Third Round tie after a frustrating period in which heavy rain, thick fog and a heavy frost have all combined to enforce three successive postponements and Cup holders Charlton Athletic are still waiting to find out who their opponents will be.
Bristol City captain Kirsty Richardson admitted to Women's Soccer Scene that her team are getting a little impatient after all of the delays. "The game has been cancelled three times now and it has been incredibly frustrating," she said. "We just want to get it over and done with now and are looking forward to hopefully beating Reading and bringing Charlton to our ground in the next round."
The game would have marked Kirsty's full comeback from a recent injury and that has added to her own frustrations. "I was out for about eight weeks and played for 60 minutes in our last match (against Millwall) but hopefully the weekend will be the start of a good year for me.
"I think we've got everyone back from injury now, which is a good sign. There is more competition for places so it's looking positive."
City defender Yasmine Adie echoed Kirsty's sentiments. "It's very frustrating but hopefully we can get things done this week. Hopefully we can win and it we get Charlton it would be awesome, as they are the holders," she said.
Yasmine joined City early in the season from Cardiff City Bluebirds and has settled in well at her new club. "The players are very friendly," she replies, "you can approach any of them, and the management is really good. They have all welcomed the South Wales players since we came to the club."
Looking at the game on Sunday, Kirsty admits that the City team are aiming to erase memories of a shock 3-0 Cup defeat at the hands of the Royals two years ago. "They seem to be our bogey side in the Cup!" she laughs. "But we turned things around last time we met, when we beat them 3-0. It will be tough and physical, they are evenly matched sides but we think we've got the quality to get on top.
"Charlton is a big incentive, as playing in the Premiership last season was a big thing for us and we want to show that we can compete with those teams."
"All of the team would look forward to playing against the best players, I know I would if the chance came," adds Yasmine. "I want to know if I could play at that standard, and if we can get promoted then we can play at that standard continuously."
Photo - Bristol City players Sarah Roxburgh, Helen Bleazard, Jo Johnson-Taylor, Kirsty Richardson, Angie Tinson and Heidi Bevan pictured with the F.A.Women's Cup.
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