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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Sawbridgeworth Town also caused a surprise when they won 1-0 against Stevenage Ladies in the last round, thanks to a goal from Hannah Fowler. Sawbow will now be on their travels in the First Round Qualifying as they must take on Royston Town.
The team began life in 1998-99, playing in Royston under the name of Heath Sports and were elected to Division Two South of the Eastern Region Women's Football League. They went on to win the league title without losing a single game and started the 1999-00 season in Division One playing as Royston Town Ladies FC.
For the second season running, Royston Town won their league and secured promotion to the Premier Division, where life was really difficult with many of the teams aspiring to win promotion to the Women's National Football League - these included the likes of Norwich City, Luton Town, Colchester United, Chelmsford City, Bishop Stortford and Rushden & Diamonds. Considering the strength of the opposition, Royston managed over the next few seasons to retain their Premier status but it was clear it was becoming more and more difficult and at the end of 2007-08 season they were relegated to Division 1 South where they have continued to play to date.
Special mention goes to captain Gemma Barlow, who has an impressive 340+ appearances to her name, having started playing right at the beginning for Heath Sports.
Last season was the most successful in recent history, under new Team Manager Lewis Endacott and with an influx of players from Standon & Puckeridge, the Crows Ladies won through to the Hertfordshire Women's County Cup Final after beating Watford in the semi finals. Although they lost 3-2 in the final to Leverstock Green, it was still a great achievement. During this run of success, Jo Rutherford became the first women's player to win Royston Town FC's Golden Boot award having scored 40 goals in 27 appearances.
This should be a very close clash between two sides who have made decent starts in a very tight division - too close to call!
Royston Town (from): Becki Scott, Rebekah Fisk, Katie Seymour, Gemma Barlow, Amy Cooper, Hannah Mardell, Georgia Gannaway, Stacey Hassen, Amie Jones, Victoria Rutherford, Paige Rolfe, Heather Parete, Emma Phipps, Daniella Lewis, Grace Leslie, Yasmin Pratt, Joanne Rutherford, Andrea Wright.
Sawbridgeworth Town (from): Ann Anstey, Shavaun Barnum, Jill Bartholomew, Aimee Bean, Jackie Day, Dempsey Favell, Hannah Fowler, Kay Foy, Chloe Godleman, Shannon Hardinges, Kelly Holesworth, Adele Hughes, Georgia Jackson, Hayley King, Karen Lau, Chloe MacDonald, Rebecca Maybury, Emma Parker, Chloe Pledger, Claire Poulton, Louise Terrey, Claire Thompson, Rebecca Tyson, Jemma Whiteman.
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