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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Tottenham Hotspur put an end to the Cup run of Gillingham with a narrow 1-0 victory in the Third Round, given to them by a solitary strike from Bianca Baptiste. Spurs now have the chance to take on WSL opposition when they play Aston Villa, who were also 1-0 winners in the previous round, Katie Wilkinson scoring the only goal against Portsmouth.
Aston Villa Ladies Football Club was formed in 1973 as Solihull FC. When Aston Villa asked for help in forming a ladies team in 1989, Solihull responded. The club agreed to change their name in 1996 to become the officially recognised ladies team of Aston Villa. In 1998, the Senior Team won promotion to the Northern Division of the FA Women's Premier League - also reaching the 1995 League Cup Final.
After a few seasons in the Northern Division finishing mid-table, Aston Villa took full responsibility of the Ladies team in 2007 and have fully integrated them into the Aston Villa family.
The ladies won promotion from the Northern Division in 2010-11 season to the National Division, where in the following season, they finished third in the National Division, their highest ever finish. In 2012-13, Aston Villa won the FA Women's Premier League Cup, in its final year of the winter pyramid.
Under the leadership of manager Ron Mellor and head coach Joe Hunt, the claret and blues played their maiden season in WSL 2 - finishing a creditable fourth. Last season, they enjoyed another solid campaign, finishing fifth and also reaching the quarter finals of the FA Women's Cup.
Katy Moran has been named as the club's new captain and other key players include central defender Jade Richards, midfielder Alicia Robinson and striker Katie Wilkinson.
Tottenham Hotspur (from): Toni Anne Wayne, Lucia Leon, Leah Rawle, Shannon Moloney, Sophie McLean, Alex Keown, Avilla Bergin, Bianca Baptiste, Mollie Kmita, Wendy Martin, Jenna Schillaci, Riana-Devi Soobadoo, Katie O'Leary, Maya Vio, Rosie Kmita, Hanna Jaadla, Jennyfer Moore, Chloe Morgan, Ronnell Humes, Kelley Blanchflower, Sydney Hinchcliffe, Josie Green.
Aston Villa (from): Jess Myers, Hayley Crackle, Hannah George, Katy Moran, Elisha N'dow, Jade Richards, Destiney Toussaint, Maddy Cusack, Katie Wilkinson, Beth Merrick, Alicia Robinson, Lucy Porter, Chloe Beattie, Amy West, Mollie Rouse, Leanne Bryant.
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