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Peterlee St Francis are playing host to York City in the F.A.Women's Cup Preliminary Round on Sunday.
Peterlee St Francis were founded as Chester-le-Street Ladies and competed in the Northern League until 1998, when they became founder members of the newly formed Northern Combination. They were relegated four years later and took two seasons to come back as Northern League Champions. In their first season back at Combination League level they finished as runners-up and missed out on promotion to the Premier League by just six goals.
In 2006-07 the club changed its name to Peterlee Town Ladies FC and the following season were winners of the Durham County Cup. However they were unable to maintain their status and were relegated back to the North East League.
Last season they altered their name to Peterlee St Francis and were almost promoted back to the Combination but ended up as runners-up by a single point.
The team is managed by Barry Coacher and Gary Mutimer and Claire Bridgett is club captain, whilst Jim Clark undertakes the role of Secretary.
This season the team are unbeaten after their opening three league games. Lucy Garrington has been in good form in front of goal as well as Becky Robinson and last season's top scorer Charlotte Dinsdale.
York were founded in the early 1980s as Rowntrees LFC, the team becoming Oakland Rangers in 1986. In 1995 the team entered an exciting new era when they became York City Ladies F.C.
The club were founder members of the Northern Combination in 1998 but were unable to keep their status at that level and were one of the teams which played in the first season of the newly formed North East League in 2007-08, finishing in third place in the Premier Division.
That remains their highest finishing position to date but they have stayed in the Premier Division ever since. Last season they ended up in fifth place and have started well this time around, having won two of their opening three league matches.
Kayleigh Davis is manager and she is assisted by George Catling, Kate Jackson and Mick Murphy with Abbi Webster as captain, whilst their leading scorers so far this season are Ruth Brazier and Sara Renfrew.
Peterlee St Francis (from): Jennifer Alford, Leanne Anderson, Claire Bridgett, Jess Clark, Tamara Connor, Amy Cowan, Charlotte Dinsdale, Lucy Garrington, Rachel Hedley, Rebecca Jones, Simone Laverick, Carley McQuillan, Jade Pye, Jade Ridley, Becky Robinson, Siobhan Simpson, Laura Wilson.
York City (from): Jess Barnes, Ruth Brazier, Nicola Brown, Beth Clayton, Helen Dalby, Rebecca Dawson, Emily Dingley, Josephine Hewson, Chantel Padgham, Chloe Precious, Sara Renfrew, Louise Ross, Lauren Shuttleworth, Alicia Smith, Abbi Webster, Jasmine Whitwell.
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