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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
St Nicholas' impressive 5-0 victory over Bridgwater Town has landed them with a home tie against Southampton Women, of the Southern Region League.
Southampton WFC are no strangers to this competition as they can boast a substantial history in the FA Women's Cup. Not only did they win the inaugural competition in 1971, they went on to win a further eight times between the seasons 1970-71 and 1980-81 and were runners-up a further three times. They stand second in the competitions 'All Time' history table.
It's true to say that the club no longer enjoys the heady heights of the top flight of English women's football and as with all things, have gone through something of a transition in the intervening years. In 2003, when Southampton Women's Football Club had re-established themselves, Lisa Savage, the Head Coach, organised, with the Trojans, using their pitch as the team's new home ground. With just seven players at the time, training began at Southampton Sports Centre but within two years they had enough players to field two teams.
The first team competed in the Southern Region Premier Division and the Reserves in the Hampshire County Women's Football League Division Two. With the success and subsequent growth of the club they moved to a new home at North Baddesley Recreational Ground. During this time under the guidance of a new Coach, Southampton WFC reached two Cup Finals, winning the Southampton Division F.A. Cup (SDFA) and were runners-up in the Chairman's Cup. In addition he helped the first team to secure promotion back into the Premier Division for 2011-12.
However due to the resignation in August 2013 of Lisa Savage to pursue her career at the FA Centre of Excellence and the loss of a number of first team players, the club was forced to make the difference decision to pull the reserve team out of the County League. To safeguard the future of the club, they then asked to be relegated to the Southern Region First division for the 2013/2014 season.
Jess Boyle is the club's manager/coach, who also works with younger girls at the Hampshire Centre of Excellence, gaining all the necessary coach licences whilst working with our ladies. Vicci Elliot has been treasurer for six years and is now also Secretary and fixture secretary. Generally if something needs doing or sorting out, Vicci is the one that does it! She also plays up front for the team. Laura Underwood is the club's Chairperson.
St Nicholas (from): Jade Gamlin, Gemma Rallison, Serena Smith, Natalie Cole, Mel McIlraith, Rianne Lewis, Jennifer Jones, Abi Winnett, Charlotte Davis, Amy Jefferies, Alice Blunsdon, Becky Rexworthy, Jess Wilson, Jo Gay, Ruby Bagge, Ava Byrne, Amy Ford.
Southampton Women (from): Rachel Cash, Katy Mead, Lou Newstead, Sharon Carroll, Becks Harris, Kellie Morris, Becky Pollard, Emma Bottomley, Paula Lindford, Kirsty Procter, Tierni Smith, Vicci Elliot, Carleen Benham, Heather McAleer, Alice Jordan, Marie Clarke, Laura Underwood, Amy Barnett, Kirsty Bell, Rachel Webb.
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