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History will be made this weekend when FA Cup football comes for the first time to Bentley in Walsall.
Bentley Leisure Pavilion, the new home of Darlaston Town (1874) FC will be hosting the SSE Women's FA Cup game between Wolverhampton Wanderers Women's FC and Sheffield based Handsworth Ladies FC.
Wolves Women currently play in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division and have made an excellent start to the season with five consecutive wins. Their opponents in the Third Round Qualifying tie, Handsworth Ladies are also currently unbeaten and play in the North East Regional Women's Football League Southern Division alongside the likes of development teams from Doncaster Belles and Sheffield Wednesday.
Wolves Women FC was formed in 1975 originally under the name of Heathfield Rovers before becoming Wolverhampton and Wednesbury Tube and then Wolverhampton Wanderers Women FC. The club boasts several full England internationals, perhaps their most famous player is Bentley resident Rachel Unitt who started her career at Wolves before moving to Everton and signing her first professional contract at Fulham. Unitt, who lives within a stone's throw of the Bentley Ground, also won 102 caps for England.
Following England women's success at this year's World Cup the women's game continues to grow and with the final being played at Wembley this year's competition has attracted 262 entries.
The competition is in the second year of a four-year sponsorship with Energy and Broadband supplier SSE and in addition to Wolves, other football league clubs represented at this stage of the competition include Southampton, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Hull City and Leicester City. The winners of the tie will pick up prize money of £200 and the prize fund overall exceeds £70,000.
Darlaston Town (1874) Chairman, Neil Chambers said: "Wolves Women Under-18's, Under-15's, Under-13's, Under-11's and Under-9's already play at the Pavilion so it is a privilege to be asked to host such a prestigious first team game at Bentley Leisure Pavilion.
"This will be the first ever FA Cup game played in Bentley and we are hopeful that local people will support Wolves Women FC in large numbers.
"Over the last 12 months we have built up a superb relationship with Wolves Women FC and the quality of football at all age groups is very good.
"This area is predominantly Wolves fans and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to support their local team.
"If you have never watched women's football 'live', this is an ideal opportunity for the people of Bentley, Darlaston and the surrounding area to get involved."
Wolves Women Chairperson Jenny Wilkes said: "Everybody loves a bit of FA Cup magic, and we're looking forward to playing this game at Bentley.
"Darlaston Town (1874) FC have really made us welcome, and all our girls' teams already play their home games there on Saturday mornings.
"As we're away from our usual home ground of Hednesford Town, we'll be hoping a few Bentley and Darlaston locals will come along and show their support."
The game this Sunday 11th October is at Bentley Leisure Pavilion, Bentley Road North, Bentley, WS2 0EA. A bar and refreshments are available and the game kicks off at 2pm with admission £2 or concessions £1.
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