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Peterborough Northern Star are relishing the chance to take on Barnet in the F.A.Women's Cup this week in what has been a magnificent season for their club.
The men's team have reached the last sixteen of the F.A.Vase and there been plenty of banter between the two managers about which team can stay in their respective Cup the longest.
"Ever since the draw was made, there has been a buzz in the at training and at games," says manager Chris Lyon. "Barnet will represent the highest opposition our players have ever played against - one or two players looked on their website to read their profiles...by the time they had read 'international' for the third time they stopped reading."
Northern Star have come through five games to reach this stage, including coming from 3-1 behind to beat Billericay Town 6-3 in the First Round, showing there is a determination in the team not to lose. They are currently fourth in the league and unbeaten in all competitions since the beginning of October but manager Lyon is not getting carried away.
"We have to be realistic," he admitted, "the four league gulf is a lot bigger in the women's game than in the men's. However, on the day, it is eleven against eleven and you never know.
"It's the biggest game all of our player will have ever played, however they will have support from friends and family on the day with a coach booked to take both team and supporters down to Underhill for the game."
Rumours that the coach driver has been instructed to find a way of parking the coach in front of the Northern Star goal cannot be discounted though, and manager Lyon is trying to see if his side can play down the infamous Underhill slope in both halves...
"I think it's a great opportunity for us as a club," says 16-year-old winger Jade Ramm. "And how hard we have worked for it, we deserve it. Even though they are a big club, we will go out there and do our best until the final whistle."
18-year-old defender Kayla Dortch added: "The thought of pitting myself against some fantastic players has really motivated me to push myself in my football career."
Lyon concluded: "For the first time this season in the Cup, there is no real pressure on us to win. In previous rounds, we've either been the overwhelming favourites or at least expected to have a realistic chance of winning. This time, nobody gives us a chance, I'm just hoping that we don't freeze and are afraid to play our normal game - in our last league game the opposition manager said that we played the best football of any team in our league which was a nice compliment.
"It's a day out and if the unexpected happens, then I can assure you it will be a very interesting trip home - there are a few pubs on the way back from Barnet to Peterborough!"
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