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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Our northern tie is an all-Sheffield affair between two clubs who play at Regional League level albeit in different leagues.
Sheffield United Junior Blades are one of the newer clubs in the competition, having been founded as recently as 2009. They entered the Sheffield & Hallamshire County Women's League and a stunning first season saw them win the League and Cup 'double' with an undefeated record.
They were promoted to the North East League and the second season saw them consolidate their position in the Southern Division whilst introducing Under-18, 16 and 14 teams at their new match and training facility at Firth Rixson Aurora Sports Club.
Last season, they won the Southern Division title in the most dramatic fashion. Leading goalscorer Lucy Ridley scored the winning goal in injury time in their last match, giving them the result they needed in order to finish as Champions. Winning the title also brought promotion to the Premier Division where they have made a steady start, winning two and losing the other game.
Manager Ian Masling is assisted by Head Coach Richard Herdman, with John Sheridan as Physio and Jill Herdman undertaking the role of Liaison Officer. Kathryn Mudge captains the team which still includes prolific striker Lucy Ridley who is already amongst the goals this season.
Steel City Wanderers were established in 1993 and are one of South Yorkshire's biggest female-only clubs with six teams covering age groups from Under-10 to the open age squad. They are a Charter Standard club.
The club's supporters call them the Steels and this is the name that echoes around Hillsborough Arena on Saturdays and Sundays for their home matches. The juniors are looking for success in the Sheffield & Hallamshire Girls County League, while the senior team are currently pushing hard for promotion to the East Midlands League Premier Division and have started well, winning three of their opening four matches.
Many of the players with the senior team have had long careers with the Steels - Rachel Aikman, Lucy Smith and Sam Hallam have been with the club for between 9 and 11 season whereas Kelsey Murphy-Bigley and Becky Vickers have just joined the senior team at the age of 16 following several seasons as junior players.
The team is managed by Ian Smith with Sarah Smith as a strong and capable captain who they are sure will guide the team through another excellent season. One player to watch out for is goalkeeper Nikki Andrew who has already been made a club legend this season with her now infamous pre-penalty shuffle...
The match takes place at the Firth Rixson Aurora Sports Club and is set to be a really close and competitive local derby between two sides in good form.
Sheffield Utd Junior Blades (from): Clare Keats, Katie Waymouth, Jen Burke, Michelle Upton, Bridie Pitsch, Lindsey Thackery, Gemma Garbett, Kathryn Mudge, Laura Watton, Lucy Ridley, Jenna Hollaway, Michelle Wakelin, Paris Wagstaff, Laura Crutchley, Nicola Masling, Bianca Ross, Rachael Barlow, Jenny Selman.
Steel City Wanderers (from): Nikki Andrew, Jas Summers, Sarah Smith, Sam Hallam, Chloe Granger, Danielle Harrison, Bex Gregory, Becky Vickers, Danni Fletcher, Kelsey Murphy-Bigley, Vanessa Wilshaw, Rachel Aikman, Lucy Smith, Maria Burns, Laura Elsworth.
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