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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Our tie in the north sees Accrington Girls & Ladies, of the Lancashire County League, take on North West League opposition in the shape of Chester City.
Accrington Girls & Ladies FC was founded in 2002 following the amalgamation of Accrington Ladies '91 and the newly formed Accrington Girls Soccer Academy (AGSA). The current ladies side started as an open age team in 2004-05 and, after a few indifferent seasons, the team finished fourth in the Lancashire League Division One last season - their best ever season to date.
The club has as its Honorary President, Everton and England goalkeeper Rachel Brown, who started her footballing career as a teenager with the club. Joanne Cooney, who formed AGSA in 2002, plays at left back for the ladies team and her daughter Jaymi plays right back.
The team has possibly the oldest forward line in ladies football, with a combined age of 90 shared equally between Di Salisbury and Jean Darby, however both players never give less than 100% covering every blade of grass and setting a fine example to players many years their junior.
This is only the second time that the club has entered the F.A.Women's Cup and last year they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Harraby Catholic Club from Cumbria.
The club plays a very active role in promoting girls football in the local area and has been awarded the Hyndburn Community Club of the Year in 2004, 2008 and 2010. AGSA was formed to provide football for girls, and was the first girls football club in the area.
The team is managed by Chris Coyne and Sarah Thornton is captain, whilst Carl Ellwood undertakes the role of Secretary. Accrington have got off to a good start in the league this season and sit in second place after the opening two matches.
Chester City LFC was founded in 1992 and since then has provided continuous football for girls and ladies in their local area.
The club worked its way up the leagues until attaining Northern Combination status and they remained in the league until being relegated in 2008. In their first season in the North West League, they finished fifth in the Premier Division and last season, despite a very good campaign in which they amassed over 50 points, they ended up in fourth place.
This season, Chester are once again amongst the leading sides in the Premier Division and currently sit in fourth place in the table, three points off the pace.
The club has not had too much success in the F.A.Women's Cup over the years but have reached the Cheshire County Cup Final on three occasions, the latest being last season when they knocked out Tranmere Rovers in the semi finals before going down 2-1 to Stockport County in the Final.
The team is managed by Lisa Pritchard with Jo Reynolds as Senior Club Coach. Lyndsey Rossiter wears the captain's armband and striker Dawn Kehoe is their leading scorer. Chris Parry was recently appointed as Chairman and Vice Chairman is long serving Wayne Gresty who was for many years the club's Secretary, now undertaken by Ken Noble.
The match will be played at Accrington Football & Sports Club and, although league status will see Chester go into the match as favourites, Accrington will approach the match in good form and are sure to be a good test.
Accrington Girls & Ladies (from): Rosanna Jackson, Caroline Mallen, Chantelle McCormack, Joanne Cooney, Jaymi Cooney, Jean Darby, Sarah Thornton, Sarah Darcy, Joanna Duckworth, Katie Ogden, Diane Salisbury, Kirsty Stevens, Becki De-Maine, Stephanie Mole, Kimberly Barnes, Danielle Prescott, Sarah Walker.
Chester City (from): Donna Nickolay, Keri Sampson, Liz Glover, Lyndsey Rossiter, Lynda Grainger, Rachel MacKenzie, Leanne Sampson, Amie Sherrifs, Sue McGrath, Naomi Davies, Helen Cann, Cherae Noel, Sarah Tyson, Laura Evans, Tina Davies, Cally Reid, Rebecca Sheel, Dawn Kehoe, Annette Jones, Jennie Snow, Amy Jones.
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