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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Greater London League side Brentford play host to Chesham United of the Southern Region League.
Brentford Women's FC is a Chartered Standard Club and has been established since 1990 and still run by Amy and Roger Crook. The first team play in the Greater London Women's League Division One with the Development team representing the club in the Greater London Women's League Division Three South.
The club enjoys the support of the Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, as well as the Football Club itself. The team is sponsored by Irene Raveney, Andy Godfrey and Geoff Owen (Harper Woods).
The team is managed by Ryan Peters who is now in his second season and establishing himself well for the start of this one, whilst captain Lisa Grant is a long standing player who has been with the club for sixteen years.
"I cannot convey my gratitude enough for this young lady, a very loyal supporter and player," says Roger Crook. "Also, Peter Troth who gives us invaluable assistance on match days, and Amy Crook my daughter for all her help in running our club over the years.
"All our players have been most supportive and I would really like to thank them all and wish them well for the match."
Chesham United have steadied again after climbing to the heights of the FA Women's Premier League, and losing many of their players to WSL clubs. Developing a very young squad, the ladies soon again attracted some of the best talent locally into the first team, and welcomed back a few old faces to ensure they get the best experience under the guidance of Lisa Welling and Lee Glenister.
Formed in 1996, the following season the running of club was taken on by Sian Williams, Lisa Welling and Christine Thornton more by accident than planning. Like all new teams it was a struggle, but a link with Don Wright's Chesham Youth team in 1997 was very a wise move, Jess Wright - then just 14 - moved on to Chelsea. The team folded and left behind teenagers Di Killey, Catherine Sole, Dawne Stocks (now Campbell), and Cath Andrews all who are still playing or involved with the club. Immediately strengthened by these youngsters, Chesham's team progressed through the Southern Region League to become League and Cup winners in 1999-00 and 2000-01.
The 2001-02 season saw a step up to the South East Combination League where they finished a credible fifth place in their first season. The 2002-03 season saw a shift sideways to the South West Combination which saw a lot of miles having to be covered but the finishing position improved season on season, 5th, 4th and 3rd in the first three seasons. Miguel de Souza brought a new style of football to the team and although it took a while for the team to find their feet they continually finished in the top half of the league, but the players had set their sights on reaching the national league and Matthew Johnstone came into move the team forward and made an impact developing the young talent.
When Matt moved on, Lisa Welling moved back to the first team and brought in Ed Keeler to manage, finally the side was promoted to the Premier Division of winter football. However the loss of several key players was too big a bridge to cross and they were forced to withdraw from the FAWPL and compete in the Southern Region League once again.
This has proved to be a wise move for the club and last season they finished as runners-up in Division One as well as winning the Chairman's Cup, beating Team Solent in the Final. The new season in the Premier Division has started well with two opening victories and they are the early leaders.
Brentford (from): Jennifer Amols, Rhia Benjamin, Geraldine Burgess, Roxanne Clark, Sarah Coomson, Lucy Gibson, Lisa Grant, Saffron Louise Hand, Jessica Heyhoe, Mollie Holmes, Rachael Green, Dana Johnson, Jessica Johnson, Lucy Johnson, Amber Langston-Lloyd, Sophie Lee, Nikki-Precious Lopo, Niamh Magill, Marcia De Almeida, Homaira Najem, Kelly Noone, Janae Pine, Emily Reynolds, Munirah Sawyers, Eilidh Short, Charlotte Tanner, Naomi Totten, Sasha Treadaway, Sophie Troth.
Chesham United (from): Lucia Masella, Olivia Harris, Sarah Hazell, Dawne Campbell, Gemma Darvill, Kirsty Gladwin, Paula Lambert, Emma Delves, Natalie Adams, Gemma Fraser, Katie Squire, Laura Barton, Sarah Jackson, Natasha Smith, Chantelle O'Grady, Niamh Euman, Sian Williams.
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