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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Yeovil Town defeated Newquay 3-1 in their Third Round tie and they have had to wait to find out who their opponents will be, this was finally decided last Sunday.
The Glovers face a long, long trip to East Anglia to play Norwich City, who won 5-3 against Milton Keynes Dons in an all-South East Combination battle.
At the end of the 2006-07 season, following relegation from the South East Combination League, Norwich City Canaries and Norwich City Ladies decided to amalgamate to become one team and call themselves Norwich City Ladies FC. The following season the team, mixed with youth and experience, gained promotion at the first attempt from the Eastern Region League and also picked up a runners-up medal in the Norfolk & Suffolk County Cup.
Following the promotion success they were then rewarded with an official link with the men's club and the Norwich City Girls Centre of Excellence programme, giving them a pathway of players from the ages of 7 through to 16. As they entered the 2008-09 season their aim was to stay in the South East Combination League, this was achieved by finishing mid-table, further success was achieved when they lifted the Norfolk & Suffolk Women's Trophy.
This season, Norwich have had a flying start in both the League, where they are currently fifth with games in hand, reaching the League Cup semi finals and quarter finals of the County Cup, all this coupled with a solid FA Women's Cup run. Whatever is achieved come the end of the season, the girls will look back at what they have achieved in a short space of time.
The team is managed by Scott Emmerson, Emma Fletcher and Jim Murchie and no fewer than 12 girls have progressed from the Norwich City Girls Centre of Excellence system. Jenna Smythe is captain and Nicola Bray is one of the top strikers outside of the Premier League, with a prolific goalscoring record. Other important members of the squad include the likes of Beth Bygrave, Gemma Farman, Paige Shorten, Jodie Drake and Emma Fletcher amongst others.
The match will take place at Norwich United FC and looks set to be a fascinating contest between two teams having good seasons. Norwich have a fine defensive record and this is likely to be severely tested by free scoring Yeovil.
Norwich City (from): Holly Clarke, Anna Larkins, Hayley Pevereley, Jemma Smythe, Kate Parsons, Laura Thacker, Gemma Farman, Claire Rennie, Beth Bygrave, Chelsea Garrett, Paige Shorten,. Nikita Morris, Rebecca Burton, Nicola Bray, Jodie Drake, Emma Fletcher.
Yeovil Town (from): Rachel Simkin, Georgia Coles, Emma Brazell, Kim Turner, Karen Perkins, Stacey Pearson, Lyndsey Roe, Amy Wild, Anusia Rourke, Kayleigh Nardiello, Jemma Tewksbury, Terri Trowbridge, Janie Morgan, Chelsea Pitcher, Sarah Lawler, Rachel Edwards, Claire Heydon, Sarah Roxburgh, Demi Agar, Els Woods.
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