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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
North Shields have taken up the baton in the northern section of the draw after they defeated Birtley Town 5-2 in the First Round Qualifying. Karen Wright scored a hat-trick for the Northumberland County League side as they eliminated their Regional League opponents, with Laura Fairley and Shaunna Thrussell also on the scoresheet. North Shields will be away in the next round to Abbeytown of the Cumbria County League.
Abbeytown's history began eleven years ago when they launched their first ever girls team. Five of the original team are still playing for the women's team today. After moving through the various age levels, starting at Under-10 level, four years ago - they joined the Cumbria Women's League as Abbeytown Women's Football Club and finished fourth in their first two seasons in the league. In the third season, they became Champions of the league.
Last season, Abbeytown again finished top of the league and were beaten finalists in the League Cup. This is the club's fourth year in the FA Women's Cup and last season they played Forest Hall at home and won 3-1, going on to play a very good Whitley Bay team at home, who eventually beat they 3-1. However, the team were far from disgraced against North East League opponents.
Manager Neale Wilson and Coach Raymond Milburn have also followed the team through the various age levels for eleven years and remain as committed as ever.
Abbeytown have started the season very well this year, winning their opening two league games and are currently second in the league, with a game in hand. They are looking forward to a tough game against North Shields but sadly captain, Hayley Milburn, is missing for several weeks due to an operation on her knee. Hayley has been Team Captain since the formation of the team eleven years ago.
The match will be played at Abbeytown's home ground at Barton Laws, Wigton, and should provide a really good Cup tie between two very strong teams at County League level.
Abbeytown (from): Laura Miller, Lisa Dockeray, Lorrena Walker, Stephanie Wharton, Callie Martin, Michelle Wright, Paige Wilson, Heather Crake, Kate Brown, Chelsie Browbank, Hannah Robinson, Amanda Harding, Naomi Foster, Helen Dickinson.
North Shields (from): Abii Walker, Amber Phelps, Charlotte Rowley, Claire Laughton, Danielle Parker, Danielle Hooker, Danielle Clasper, Emma Burt, Jess Jenkinson, Jordan Kipling, Karen Wright, Kristie Fenwick, Laura Cannon, Laura Fairley, Lauren Brown, Laurel Davidson, Lauren Kavanagh, Rachel Martin, Rachel McGhie, Rachel Mitchell, Rebecca Ripley, Robyn Brown, Sarah Bennett, Sarah Taylor, Shaunna Thrussell, Stacey Naples.
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