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Stone Dominoes play in the First Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup for the first time this Sunday when they take on Leicester City Women.
They reached this stage of the competition with a 3-1 victory over Coventry Development in the last round and have also knocked out Malvern Town, Wyrley Ladies - on penalties - and Kettering Town after having started in the First Round Qualifying back in September.
The West Midlands League Division One North side are the lowest ranked team left in the competition in terms of league status and face a daunting task against the team which currently leads the FAWPL Midlands Division One table by eleven points, with a 100% record after eleven games. Nevertheless, managers Ashley Thompson and Vikki Garner are savouring the opportunity to take on high flying opposition:
"We couldn't be more excited for Sunday's game, to be taking charge of a team in the Women's FA Cup first round is a massive achievement, not just for us as managers but for the team and the whole club. Even the younger age groups have taken an interest in the cup run and been to support previous rounds.
"Considering the team only started up 18 months ago and we only got promoted from the County League to be in the first round of the FA Cup is terrific and it will be an experience to enjoy and another learning curve for everyone involved.
"The girls have been excellent so far and deserve all the credit they are getting at the moment but regardless if we win or lose on Sunday, as managers we couldn't be more proud of them all for their efforts and attitude towards the season and the FA Cup."
"I feel really proud of the teams achievements so far this season, especially in the cup, considering we failed to win a single cup tie last season," added Stone defender Becky Arnold. "It's really nice to be recognised locally for our achievements and it's amazing to be getting so many people supporting us. I couldn't be more proud of the team for how far we have come over the last 18 months.
"Sunday's game will be nerve racking and a tough game but we are just grateful for the experience and the chance to play in the actual FA Cup. Also, coming from a player who has never really experienced anything other than the average Sunday league football, this is quite a personal achievement reaching the FA Cup First Round and playing against teams like Leicester City."
Vice captain Julia Kendrick said: "I think we have done really well to get this far, we only got promoted from the County League last season so to be playing teams that have been together for years and are much higher standard and beating them has been great.
"As we are underdogs, we are going into Sunday's game with no pressure on us whatsoever, all the pressure is on Leicester who are a few leagues above us.
"We are all looking forward to the game and regardless if we win or not, we are proud to get this far. We are a close team, which is what gives us such great team spirit and helped us get through the last few rounds."
"It's a massive achievement to get this far," commented goalkeeper Charlotte Perry. "I am very excited but also nervous for Sunday's game.
"Leicester have had great results this season, however I feel if we battle like we did against Coventry Development in the last round, we have a fighting chance of coming away with the result. We have an awesome team with great team spirit which will hopefully carry us to a win."
The match takes place at Riverside Pavilion, Leicester with a 1pm kick off.
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