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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Colne Valley produced one of the best results of the round when they won 2-1 away to Reading Ladies. After falling behind early on, goals from Lucy Uttley and Jade King gave the Greater London League side victory and they will face more Southern Region League opponents in the Second Round Qualifying in the shape of Bracknell Town.
Bracknell Town LFC is an FA Charter Standard club that has been in existence since 1988. They were promoted to the Premier Division of the Southern League in 1998 and have stayed there since with their biggest successes coming in the Chairman's Cup which they have won three times. They also won the Berks & Bucks Women's Cup in 2008-09.
Bracknell were very much involved at the top end of a very competitive league last season, finishing in third place. The Robins enjoyed another good FA Women's Cup run which ended in the First Round proper as well as finishing as runners-up to Aldershot Town in the Chairman's Cup Final.
The first team is managed by Dave Ward who has a wealth of experience gained from many years as a player, coach and manager in men's non-league football. Previous clubs include Sutton United, Uxbridge, Molesey, Melksham Town, Farnham Town and Godalming Town. Dave has been at the helm for almost five years. The first team play their home games at Bracknell Town FC's Larges Lane ground which underwent many substantial improvements during the summer resulting in arguably the best playing surface the club has enjoyed for many seasons.
Season 2009-10 saw the club establish a reserve team to provide more opportunity to provide football for the rising interest in the game from women. The reserves play in the Thames Valley League and won their division in their first season. A change of manager saw Ben Swaffield taking up the reins with the team consolidating their status in the higher division.
The ladies team is run by a small committee chaired by the highly enthusiastic and energetic Sarah Williams, herself a former player. Sarah has held the position for many years and her hard work along with the other committee members has helped to enhance the reputation of the club at regional level. The remainder of the committee are comprised of the two team managers and volunteers from the playing strength in a variety of roles. The ladies also have a place on the men's club committee from which there is active support for the development of football across the whole club.
This season's first team squad is largely unchanged from last season with only a couple of new additions namely Sian Cleary who was at Southampton Saints before going to university and is now living and working close to Bracknell and Jen Friar who has returned to the club following her time away studying at university in London.
This season to date is proving challenging to the club due to having been hit by an unprecedented number of injuries. Getting two teams on the pitch every week has meant having to spread resources across both teams sometimes to the detriment of the first team who have travelled with the bare eleven to ensure that the reserve team get a game too. Ultimately, the aim of the club is to provide an opportunity for as many ladies to play football as possible as well as to develop their ability and understanding of the game to help drive up standards and achieve a higher level of football.
The tie will be played at Colne Valley's home at The Broadway and the home side will fancy their chances of another scalp, but Bracknell have a good Cup record and should be a tough nut to crack.
Colne Valley (from): Jemma Moss, Louise Staples, Jenny Thraves, Laura Spark, Siobhan Williams, Mica Powick, Becky Laffan, Natalie Spencer, Elle Cheshire, Debbie Watson, Jade King, Lucy Uttley, Amy Morris, Ashleigh Rackley, Charmaine Benham, Michelle Culver, Louisa Richards, Saffron Hand, Megan Hicks, Kate Dunn-Baker, Vicky Juliff.
Bracknell Town (from): Jo Anderson, Joanne Atkins, Caroline Bisson, Sian Cleary, Emma Constable, Emma Cook, Tracy Corkett, Amy Davies, Jen Friar, Caz Gardner, Clare Hedley-Smith, Samantha Holloway, Jennifer Mulleady, Rebecca Powell, Libby Shuttle, Angela Whitney.
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