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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Brighouse Town ended the Cup run of City of Manchester in the Third Round Qualifying but only after an astonishing match which ended 8-8 after extra time, before Brighouse triumphed on penalties. Their reward is a trip to Whitley Bay, who play in the division above them, and also reached this stage with a penalty shootout victory against Northern Combination side Leeds City Vixens.
Whitley Bay FC is a full member of the FA and a Charter Standard Club. As such, the club sets the highest standards of its players and coaches and is required to fulfil its obligations to the game and the wider community. The Standard required a women's team to be established and it was fortuitous that contact was made by Paul MacPherson, who was then the Academy Director with Colin Phillips, Kirsty Hunter and Clare Tennet. Discussions were held and plans were made to form a senior women's team at Whitley Bay for the 2005-06 season. During that season, the team maintained a 100% record and won the Durham & Northumberland League at the first attempt, gaining promotion to a higher league.
In their first season in the Regional League, 2006-07, Whitley were runners-up on goal difference to Darlington RA. In the FA Women's Cup, they reached the Fourth Round and were the only one of the 187 qualifiers remaining at that stage. Additionally, they also reached the semi finals of the County Cup and League Cup. The next season they won the North East League Division One North title with a 100% record and secured another promotion, reached the First Round Proper of the FA Women's Cup, the semi finals of the County Cup and won the League Cup by beating York City in the final 2-0.
They finished third in their first season in Premier Division and were runners-up in 2009-10, their best campaign to date.
They currently lie fifth in the Premier Division, having only been beaten once so far, David Hooper is manager and Steph Ord will captain the side in place of Lisa Coleman, who will miss the match with a broken ankle. She will be a big miss as will her sister Sarah who has a dislocated shoulder. Katie Barnes is leading scorer whilst Julie Duggan has made her way to the First Team via the Under-16s, Development team and Reserves and became a first team regular last season, taking the Players' Player of the Season award. Julie is a combative midfielder and a character in the dressing room, being as mad as a box of frogs!
Whitley Bay FC will host the tie which is set to be a close and well contested one between two teams in good form.
Whitley Bay (from): Charlotte Furno, Brooke Cochrane, Rachael Cowans, Katie Ellis, Steph Ord, Laura Venison, Hayley Evans, Nic Doyle, Julie Duggan, Nikki Flood, Steph O'Brien, Katie Barnes, Ashley Jackson, Lucy Johnston, Gabby Naughton, Catherine Shields, Stacey Simpson, Kamie Sword, Aimee Gray, Jess Hooper.
Brighouse Town (from): Kayleigh Bamforth, Lyndsey Naden, Angela Cooper, Molly Kennedy, Anna Womersley, Sarah Winterburn, Rebecca Joyce, Aleathia Smith, Chloe Roberts, Amy Hesselden, Chloe Akers, Rachael White, Claire Needham, Jayne Smith, Yasmin Ayub, Olivia Dangerfield, Jordanne Allison, Sonya Sweeney, Debbie Tomlinson, Simone Lodge.
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