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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Colne Valley are now the sole surviving County League club in the Cup after they won 4-1 away to Parkwood Rangers in the First Round. Charmaine Benham scored twice, with Louisa Richards and Debbie Watson also finding the net to earn their side a plum home tie against Premier League Yeovil Town.
Back in the early 1990s, Tony Baverstock formed Yetminster Ladies and they competed in Division Two of the South West League. A tremendous achievement in 1997 saw the team reach the Fourth Round of the Women's FA Cup, finally going out to Everton in front of a crowd of over 500 on the main pitch at Huish Park.
The club eventually became Sherborne Ladies, and then later Yeovil Town Ladies, progressing well under the management of John Flatters. After he departed the club, first team coach Steve Phelps took over and continued in the post for nearly seven years.
In the 2004-05 season, Yeovil hit another high by winning the Somerset County Cup Final against Keynsham Town. At the end of this season they also saw the sad departure of young talent Helen Bleazard to Bristol City. She played for England Under-17s and is now a full Welsh international as well as a FA WSL player.
The Glovers carried off the South West League title in 2006-07 and three years later they were crowned South West Combination Champions and promoted to the Premier League, helped by an astonishing 50 goals from winger Jemma Tewkesbury. They also reached the Fifth Round of the F.A.Women's Cup where they were narrowly beaten by Nottingham Forest.
That first season in the Premier League was to end in relegation but, under the joint managership of Sarah Lawler and Nigel Williams, they returned at the first attempt, winning the Combination title and losing just one match all season.
Now back in the Premier League, they are in third place in the Southern Division after a recent good run of results. Rachael Edwards captains the first team, with long serving Emma Brazell as club captain, and the prolific Laura Bray is the club's leading scorer. The squad boasts one former FA Cup winner in the experienced Justine Lorton plus another club stalwart in Stacey Pearson as well as promising youngsters such as Rosie Williams and Grace Rapp. Sadly goalkeeper Rachel 'Dodge' Simkin, one of the best in her position outside the WSL, will not be there as she is joining the RAF.
This match is the female equivalent of a classic 'David v Goliath' tie and although Yeovil will start as overwhelming favourites, underestimate Colne Valley at your peril.
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.
Yeovil Town (from): Bethany Howard, Emma Brazell, Rachael Edwards, Nadine Grogen, Terri Trowbridge, Rosie Williams, Stacey Pearson, Kirsty Whitton, Charlotte Hannam, Charlotte Tibbs, Jade Radburn, Laura Wensley, Michelle Keehan, Leah Jennings, Shannon Osman, Grace Rapp, Laura Bray, Jodi Cornwall, Abigail Locke, Justine Lorton, Kayleigh Sage, Katie Cook, Chelsea Spencer.
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