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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Enfield Town put an end to Mossley Hill's Cup run with a 4-2 victory which sees them reach the Fifth Round for the first time in their history. Sara Sinclair (2), Leanne Mabey and Sheree Oliver netted the goals for the South East Combination side who now play host to West Ham Utd.
Whilst the 1970s saw a short lived incarnation of West Ham United Ladies, the present club formed in 1992 and entered the Greater London League and were promoted through the leagues until reaching the Premier Division in 1999. They finished runners-up to Fulham before winning the title the following year. Promotion to the South East Combination was achieved in 2002 and they won the title in 2004-05, beating Northampton Town in the final match.
The first season in the Premier League saw a respectable sixth place but after a season of struggle, Tony Marshall took over as manager and a rebuilt side, with an emphasis on youth, finished in third. Last season saw them end up in fifth place but this time around they currently lead the Southern Division table and are locked in a battle for promotion after an impressive campaign so far.
Julia Setford took over as manager this season, assisted by Mark Southgate, and has guided a strong looking squad, captained by Natalie Grafton, into a good position with less than half the campaign to go. Gemma Shepherd is the side's leading scorer and the likes of Nina Downham and Emma Thomas are also regulars on the scoresheet, with England international goalkeeper Toni-Anne Wayne behind a well organised defence at the other end. Two names that also merit a special mention are the late John Greenacre, who filled so many roles at the club including Manager, Secretary and Chairman, and Claire Lacey who was the club's first ever England international. Colin Roache presently undertakes the role of Secretary.
The match takes place at Brimsdown Social & Sports Club and West Ham will start as favourites although Enfield are sure to approach this local derby tie full of confidence.
Enfield Town (from): Joanne Ayre, Kerrie Marlborough, Beth Demery, Kelly Herrett, Claire Gooch, Candice McNeil, Stavroulla Panayioutou, Cally Browne, Beth Lovell, Katie Wilding, Leanne Mabey, Sheree Oliver, Francesca Boggi, Sara Sinclair, Miranda Hall, Amy Eve, Loren Whyte.
West Ham Utd (from): Toni-Anne Wayne, Natalie Grafton, Jess Barling, Rosey Sullivan, Danica Revell, Tracey Duxbury, Jo Woodgates, Ruby Southgate, Emma Thomas, Carly Roache, Stacey Little, Gemma Shepherd, Jo Wosahlo, Nina Downham, Becky Merritt, Kayleigh Xidhas.
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