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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
FC Reedswood have made club history by going through to the Third Round of the F.A.Women's Cup for the first time after beating Chorley 3-2 with goals from Kelly Clarke, Jaime Duggan and Tash Hughes. The Wolverhampton-based side have been issued a difficult draw away to Bradford City, who reached this stage by also winning 3-2 against Huddersfield Town thanks to Danielle Whitham and two goals by Rachel Lee, including a late winner from the penalty spot.
Bradford City Women's Football Club was formed in 1988 after linking up with local youth centres already involved in training girls. The Club became founder members of the Yorkshire and Humberside Women's League, winning promotion from Division Two, runners up in the Yorkshire Plate and reaching the semi finals of the knockout cup. In 1996, the first team were Yorkshire & Humberside WFL Champions as well as Knockout and Yorkshire Cup winners. The Under-16s meanwhile played at Wembley as a curtain raiser to Bradford City's play-off final win.
Bradford were promoted to the FA Women's Premier League a year later after finishing the season as Northern Division Champions. They reached the FA Women's Cup quarter finals and Premier League Cup semi finals but in 1999, the club was relegated from the league.
Fortunes improved for the club as they won the County Cup in 2006 and finished runners-up in the North East Premier League. A year later they finished as Champions in the North East League, runners-up in the League Cup and semi finalists in the County Cup.
The club remained in the Northern Combination until 2013 when they were promoted back to the Premier League Northern Division. At that same time, Bradford City Women's Junior sides are re-launched, with the Club achieving Charter Standard status throughout. The Bradford City AFC badge is restored to the shirts. The first season back in the Premier League ended well with Bradford finishing in third place and the reserve team winning the Reserve Section League Cup at the first attempt.
Bradford City Women's Football Club provides opportunities for women and girls of all ages to train and play football at the highest possible level in the English football leagues. They are one of the biggest women's football clubs in the area and welcome players of all ages and ability. The club is run by a willing band of unpaid volunteers. and although they play under the name of Bradford City Women's Football Club, they are financially independent from Bradford City FC and have to raise all their own funds to enable the players to train and play at the very top of their chosen sport whilst each player pays to play and has to combine working in their normal day to day jobs or studies, with the considerable demands of training twice a week and playing on a Sunday all over the country.
The team is managed by Head Coach Steve Winterburn, assisted by Lee Harrison and Goalkeeper Coach Kris Archer. Faye Boshell is club captain and Molly-Mae Sharpe is leading scorer so far this season as Bradford are once again doing well in the Northern Division, currently lying in third place. Sally Thackray undertakes the role of Secretary and is also the Chair whilst Jo Woodcock is the Fundraising Officer.
The match takes place at Thackley AFC, kicking off at 1pm, and Bradford will start the match as favourites but FC Reedswood are enjoying a good Cup run and have already proved capable this season of rising to the big occasion.
Bradford City (from): Carrie Simpson, Danielle Whitham, Zoe Roberts, Chantelle O'Hara, Faye Boshell, Charlotte Stuart, Abigail Lee, Molly-Mae Sharpe, Olivia Thackray, Sarah Danby, Stephanie Jones, Paige Crosby, Aqsa Mushtaq, Rachel Lee, Abigail Brown, Rosie McDonnell, Abigail Barker, Sarah Dobby, Anne Wethe.
FC Reedswood (from): Justine Lewis, Kelly Williams, Daina Scott, Rosie Slade, Charlotte Ranaivosoa, Lauren Affron, Jaime Duggan, Stacey Arrowsmith, Tash Hughes, Rebecca Knight, Kyrie Ball, Rebecca John, Natalie Poole, Kelly Clarke, Stephanie Speck, Kelly Highman.
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