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Peterlee St Francis are having a great season so far and on Sunday they get a chance to test themselves against Northern Combination opposition when they visit Middlesbrough in the First Round of the F.A.Women's Cup.
Peterlee currently sit on top of the North East League and the match will be a particularly important one for striker Charlotte Dinsdale, who will be lining up against her former club. "Middlesbrough FC Ladies seemed to have bounced back from a slow start to the season and picked up form in recent weeks, and with us making such a strong start finding us top of our league, Sunday should prove to be an interesting match," she told Women's Soccer Scene.
"I spent many years playing for Boro Ladies in my late teens and early 20s, with one of the highlights being reaching the FA Cup quarter finals against Chelsea back in 2008, so Sunday will be a strange experience for me but one I can hopefully use to my my advantage.
"This is a hugely anticipated game by all our players and staff involved in the club and we have done all we can to prepare for the game despite the break in play due to the weather. Although we are in the league below, I am confident from the performances we have given throughout the season that we are able to take the game to the opposition and put on a real performance that will hopefully enable us to come away with a win."
"Going into the game as the underdogs, we don't feel like the pressure is on us," added Peterlee captain Claire Bridgett. "So we can go out and really enjoy the game and relish the chance of playing in the FA cup!"
Manager Steve Connolly is quietly confident that his side will acquit themselves well on the day. "The team are very excited to play in the FA Cup first round proper, as it will be a first for many," he said. "The local opposition adds a little extra something.
"The management and committee are extremely proud of the players in getting this far and want the players to enjoy the experience win, lose or draw. Middlesbrough are a great team and although we are huge underdogs, our form this year means we go into the game knowing we have a chance of an upset, if we play to our potential."
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