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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Farsley AFC swept into the Second Round Qualifying with a 3-0 victory away to Malet Lambert YC with goals from Helen Gresty, Kerri-Lee Mennel and Demi Godson. The draw has handed them a home tie with Sheffield Wednesday, who reached this stage by beating Handsworth 4-1.
Sheffield Wednesday LFC were formed at the Star Inn Public House in Rotherham in 1971 following a charity match between men and women at the pub. The team was originally called Star Ladies. They took the name Sheffield Wednesday Ladies in 1985 and when the Women's Football Association (WFA) created the Women's Premier League in 1991, Sheffield Wednesday Ladies became founder members, continuing in this league until 2005 when they were relegated into the Northern Combination for two seasons. Due to committee changes and behind the scenes issues, it was decided for the 2009-10 season that the adult team would separate from the junior section and take the name Sheffield Wednesday Women's F.C (SWWFC).
SWWFC finished 11th in the 2009-10 Premier League Northern Division, in the second relegation place and were relegated at the end of the season. After the 2011-12 season due to financial constraints, the club folded and the Junior section's successful Under-18 squad, who had moved up to senior football the year before, took over the women's mantle continuing with the original "Ladies" name once again. In the 2010-11 season the team finished unbeaten Champions of Division Two of the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women's County League (where they had been forced to restart their senior campaign due to FA issues with the previous name change which meant they were unable to join the pyramid at the same level as SWWFC). The team were Division One runners up in 2012-13 and promoted to the North East League Southern Division along with neighbours Handsworth who unfortunately were relegated back to the County league at the end of last season - and incidentally were the opposition SWLFC faced in the last round of the FA Cup.
SWLFC finished a respectable fifth in their first season at Regional football. Dave Higgins has managed the team for the past five years and has guided a number of players through the club from junior to adult football. Some players have been with the club since they started their football careers at 9/10 years old, now at 21 they are still going strong! Four of these players will feature in the squad on Sunday - goalkeeper Emily Darwin, April Kirk and Sophie Eyre, whilst Lucy Davenport is unfortunately injured but is still very much part of the team. Captain of the team is Emily Higgins who has also played since the age of nine, joining SWLFC at Under-14 level after playing her first years at another local club.
Other members of the coaching team are Kyle Wright, who has recently completed his FA Level 2 Coaching Certificate, and Adam Pilgrim who is currently undertaking his UEFA B Licence, match day support is provided by Julie Higgins and Rudy - the four legged team mascot!
The club has gone from strength to strength since the behind the scenes changes took place back in 2009 and can now boast nine junior squads (U9's to U18's) and three adult squads (First, Reserves and Development) making SWLFC one of the biggest clubs in South Yorkshire with over 180 girls and women playing football.
Farsley AFC (from): Ashleigh Beckett, Bridie Fox, Demi Godson, Jennifer Halligan, Helen Gresty, Clare Parker, Kat Paul-Bird, Chelsea Pilmer, Charlie Roberts, Toni Thewlis, Olivia Turnbull, Jade Elsworth, Rhian Garland, Meghan Pearce, Maria Censani, Chloe Denton, Sarah Firth, Beccy Singer.
Sheffield Wednesday (from): Emily Darwin, April Kirk, Jen Burke, Lereece Wilson, Kelly Rushforth, Sophie Eyre, Emily Higgins, Lucy Davenport, Emma Otley, Channy Rymer, Stacey Buxton, Rebecca Gregory, Nikki Andrew, Jodie Ealand, Natalie Ledger, Holly Barwick, Emma Briggs, Danielle Harrison, Michelle Wakelin, Amy Watson, Annalise Carroll.
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