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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Rotherham Utd ended the Cup run of Sheffield Wednesday with an 8-0 victory which took them into the First Round proper. Nat Shaw scored a hat-trick along with Amy Pollock (2), Lauren Bailey, Jessica Birtles and Jade Rabjohn. This earned them a tie away to Chorley, who reached this stage with a 10-1 win against Tynedale.
Chorley Ladies FC were formed in the early 1980's and gone from strength to strength since. They played our football predominantly in the North West League until 2011 when they were promoted to the Northern Combination. Before promotion, they were the only existing member of the original leagues still in existence. Chorley finished runners-up in their first season in the Combination, missing out on the top spot on goal difference, and followed this feat with another runners-up spot in 2013-14. The club received a massive boost at the start of this season with sponsorship from local firm Debtfree Direct which has enabled them to make some important changes to the club.
Chorley have never made it into the Second Round of the FA Cup so it would be a club record to get to this stage of the competition. The only previous meeting with the Millers was also in the FA Cup in 2011, which Chorley won 4-1. They are currently in the semi finals of the Lancashire Cup and have a juicy tie away to Morecambe in January. The club has only been to this stage of that competition once before so we are hoping to push on in all cup competitions.
The Manager of the team is Roger Leigh, closely supported by Head Coach Lami Sonola. This is a newly formed management team for this season and have already proved successful, bringing new ideas and formations to the squad. Roger is an Academy Director in a college and has a wealth of knowledge in sport and Lami works for Manchester United, so both come with good pedigree. Training has been stepped up in preparation for the FA Cup game with the coaches putting players through a higher intensity and also psychological sessions based on 'winning mindsets'. On the pitch, the girls received a big boost last weekend with an important 2-0 league win over Tranmere Rovers.
The captain of the side is ever present centre half Janet Dawson. She has played for Chorley for over seven years and has cleared up countless attacks from enthusiastic opposition strikers. The team contains a number of players who have been with the club for a significant amount of time. Natalie Parry is the longest serving player, with this being her 19th season at the club. She has previously received league plaudits for Player of the Season and the leading goalscorer, which was also hotly contested by Vicky Coope who is currently leading goalscorer with Natalie Parry and new signing Gabby Difalco breathing down her neck.
The match takes place at Charnock Richard FC with a 1pm kick off and a close match is in prospect.
Chorley (from): Joanne Phillips, Kay Unsworth, Ruth Harrison, Janet Dawson, Sarah Berry, Kathy Bonner, Natalie Parry, Hannah Mitchell, Sam Cadwallader, Vicky Coope, Scarlett Smith, Rachel Wood, Gabby Difalco, Kerry Wareing, Danielle Brookwell, Saskia Bowes, Ali O'Donnell, Danni Toward, Jennifer Doherty, Kerry Bergin.
Rotherham Utd (from): Charlotte Whitley, Lauren Bailey, Grace Birchall, Jess Birtles, Laura Booth, Shannon Brooks, Katherine Clarke, Leanne Corns, Amy Pollock, Jade Rabjohn, Helen Roberts, Rachael Rutherford, Natalie Shaw, Hayley Sloan, Charlotte Spencer, Jaydene Venus, Katie Waymouth, Bradie Wild, Megan Wilson, Dayna Antcliffe, Jessica Cooke, Chelsea Fletcher, Holly Mappin.
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