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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
In the South, we feature a tie between two teams who are hoping to be on the rise again following difficult periods in their history as Carterton play host to Aylesbury United in a repeat of last season's Preliminary Round tie, which Aylesbury won 1-0.
Carterton LFC was formed in 2000 and became a part of Carterton FC. Over their first few seasons, they progressed from local football leagues into the Premier Division of the Southern Region League. However, falling player numbers and a lack of coaching saw them relegated at the end of last season into Division One.
Whilst the focus had not been on the ladies side, Carterton FC have taken massive strides forward in their Girls development with teams in all age groups to Under-16 level.
This season has seen a new beginning for the ladies team with the appointment of their new Head Coach and manager Mark Haining. With an extensive background in ladies football, Mark has spent the last three years developing the teams at Oxford United. Previous appointments have seen him in charge of the Combined Services ladies teams and the RAF ladies representative side. In addition, Mark works locally as a Level One Coach Educator and Child protection tutor, as well as a part time coach with Manchester United Soccer Schools.
The pre-season has seen a 90% increase in the size of the squad which has seen the existing Carterton players be complemented by the arrival of players from Oxford United, Barnet and the RAF ladies representative squad so the future is looking a lot brighter for the Oxfordshire side.
Aylesbury United LFC was re-established in 2002 as the ladies team of Aylesbury United, following the demise of Berkhamsted Ladies, after a number of years without a team. Under the management of Ian Austin, the side struggled during its' first season in the South West Combination and were relegated but the team showed tremendous spirit and refused to give in despite losing heavily every game.
The following season, the club established itself in the Southern Region Premier Division and were runners-up in the League Cup Final, narrowly losing 1-0 to Reading Royals Res. In 2004 the club increased in size with the introduction of a reserve team playing in the more local Thames Valley League and while the first team continued to make progress in the Southern Premier, the second team reached the semi finals of the Thames Valley League Plate Competition, losing on penalties to Chinnor.
Following the departure of the entire first team in the summer of 2005 the club faced an uncertain future, however reserve team boss Andy Foster stepped in to take over the Ladies section and, along with the invaluable contributions from Bethan Harris, Chris Naisbitt and Kate Naisbitt the club has continued to thrive. 2006 saw the addition of an Under-16 team which swept to the Oxford Girls League title at the first attempt, winning every match until the last day of the campaign, whilst the 'new' first team claimed runners up spot in the Thames Valley Division Two North securing promotion to the top flight with a victory at Oxfam on the final day of the season. The team managed to win their last four matches to ensure they went up only missing the title by a single point, thanks in no small part to Nicola Hunt whose 54 goals in all competitions is likely to remain in the record books for a considerable time.
Last season the club ran three teams with the Under 16s finishing runners up and the re-introduced reserves helping the first team retain its place in Division One. En route the team claimed the largest giantkilling act in the Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, beating Southern Premier side Carterton 1-0 and in April the club won its first ever senior silverware with a dramatic penalty shootout victory over Wolverton Wasps in the Final of the Thames Valley League Plate.
With the progression of a number of key young players to larger clubs in the summer the team are once again looking to rebuild this term. However with some well established faces still plying their trade in the green and white and the addition of some fresh blood, the Ducks are looking forward to what they are confident will be another successful season.
The match takes place at Carterton FC's Kilkenny Lane ground and is also likely to be a close one, with Carterton starting off as slight favourites.
Carterton (from): Kirsten Fagg, Steph Suttie, Tracey McCue, Becky Wadd, Lynn Wadd, Lenny Kutcha, Ann Harvey, Emma Proctor, Steph Weetman, Lauren Spragg, Kim Smith, Sarah Thomas, Vicky Strode, Verity Newell, Alice Jones, Jane Goodman, Claire Johnson, Fi Ross, Tara Bedford, Becky Collins, Claire Crossman.
Aylesbury United (from): Vicki Taylor, Laura Andrews, Julie Tebbutt, Sarah Gerrard, Juliana Poole, Bethan Harris, Gemma Butterfield, Catriona Cameron, Sakura Fachiri, Lucy Ilic, Kerry Osborne, Lynn Pacey, Sally Short, Hannah Franklin, Kayleigh Johnston, Kerry Naisbitt.
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