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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
The last remaining County League team went out of the competition when they were beaten 8-0 by Yeovil Town in front of a healthy crowd. Katie Cook scored a hat-trick along with a Laura Bray double, Emma Brazell, Justine Lorton and an own goal to earn Yeovil a Third Round trip to Barnet.
Barnet FC Ladies have been an integral part of Barnet FC since 1998 and are members of the Premier League National Division. Last season Barnet recorded their highest ever league finish when they ended the season in fourth place whilst winning the Middlesex County FA Women's Senior Cup for a record twelfth time. The Bees are fortunate to have amongst the best facilities in Women's Football, playing their home matches at Underhill and training at The Hive.
Barnet FC Ladies enjoyed a memorable 2010-11 season in which it won the FA Women's Premier League Cup, defeating Nottingham Forest after a penalty shootout in the Final played at Wycombe Wanderers FC. They also reached the semi finals of the FA Women's Cup for the second successive season, this time losing to Arsenal.
The origin of the club dates back to 1975, when it is was formed as District Line Ladies FC and the formative years were spent in the Hounslow and District League (now the Greater London League). In 1991-92 District Line won the Greater London League Premier Division and were promoted to the Women's National League Division One South. This Division was won at the first attempt in 1992-93 and the club was promoted to the Premier Division.
During the close season of 1993, the club entered into a partnership with Wembley FC and changed its name to Wembley Ladies FC. The club consolidated its position in the newly renamed FA Women's Premier League National Division, finishing fourth in 1993-94 and fifth in each of the two following seasons. In 1995-96 Wembley won the Premier League Cup, defeating Doncaster Belles on penalties in the Final, which was played at Barnet FC. The following year, Wembley reached the Final of the FA Women's Cup, losing a tight match 1-0 against Millwall Lionesses at West Ham United FC.
At the end of the 1996/97 season, the club ended its association with Wembley FC and whilst retaining its name, moved its home ground to Hanwell Town FC. The 1997-98 season ended in disappointment as the club were relegated to the Southern Division. It was at this time that the club entered into its partnership with Barnet FC and changed its name to Barnet FC Ladies. The first team moved its home ground to Underhill and this placed them in the unique position at the time of playing their home team matches on a Football League ground.
In February 2004 the club appointed Tracey Kevins as Manager and subsequently heralded another successful chapter in the club's history. Barnet won the South East Combination League title at the second attempt in 2005-06 to earn promotion back to the Southern Division.
Barnet enjoyed a successful 2009-10 season that saw them crowned as Southern Division Champions and thus gain promotion to the National Division. They also progressed to the semi final of the FA Women's Cup, ultimately bowing out of the competition to Everton in a close match played at Southport FC.
Sunday will be manager Tracey Kevins' last home match in charge as she will be leaving the club to take up a post of Head Coach of LA Strikers in the United States. Jess Trimnell captains the side and goal ace Stacey Sowden has returned up front, whilst defender Leanne Reidy is set to make her 100th appearance for the club.
Sunday's match at Underhill is set to be an intriguing one. Barnet are not in the best of form in the league but have a great Cup record in recent years whilst Yeovil will be setting their sights on an upset.
Barnet (from): Cherie Rowlands, Jess Trimnell, Sally Wade, Helen King, Leanne Reidy, Gemma Rudman, Laura Coombs, Danielle Murphy, Stacey Sowden, Chontele Lawrence, Holly Sandow, Vanna Lee, Jenny Kikomeko, Brooke Nunn, Laura Miller, Kaylie Clark-Koentopp.
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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