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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Penrith AFC edged through the First Qualifying Round with a 1-0 victory over Bishop Auckland, given to them by a goal from Sarah Smith in the last minute of extra time. Penrith will be at home again in the next round, to Boldon Ladies of the North East League, who beat Blyth Town Lions 3-1 courtesy of a Leanne Anderson hat-trick.
Boldon Ladies were formed in 2005 after a lot of the younger girls had made their way up through the girls team and had reached an age whereby Ladies football was the next step. For a few years, Boldon remained in the DCFA Women's League, usually finishing mid-table but not really moving towards promotion. However things had to change in 2009-10 season after a run of embarrassing defeats and major lack of player numbers, it was a make or break decision as to whether Boldon were to fold or make one last go of it - and make one last go of it they did.
Adam Ferris came in as Team Manager and turned the team around, they started attracting more players, both new and of Boldon old returning to the club where it all started for them. The next few years were spent building up the squad and improving the players and their game. In the 2013-14 season Adam brought in Coach Ken Thompson to help with training and to step it up another level. The Boldon Family was born! The confidence in the team was now brimming and this was the start of what would be two successful league promotions back to back, not to mention the high ratio of matches played and won in both league and cup competitions. Boldon are now competing in the North East League Premier Division, finishing sixth in their first season at that level, and they continue to challenge their way through this league, always looking for that next promotion.
Last year, Boldon Ladies organised a friendly football match at their home ground, The Villa, Boldon to celebrate ten years since the Ladies team was formed. This match brought together all current and ex-Boldon players for a Current Boldon vs Old Skool Boldon game, playing in the new and old strips. This was a very proud moment for the Club on their tenth anniversary. Boldon are currently sponsored by Bouchon restaurant in Hexham and JB Tiles in Ashington.
James Clark is the club's manager with Kane Wear as coach, and Leanne Anderson is club captain, whilst John Weaver undertakes the role of Secretary.
Penrith AFC (from): Michelle Jones, Jess Nelson, Kim McCormick, Hannah Fawkes, Isabel Savage, Chloe Grisedale, Beatrix Jackson, Charlotte Smith, Hannah Coulthard, Ruth Hopton, Ruth Kennedy, Andrea Lorenzi, Sophie Nutter, Heather Fawkes, Cheryl Brierley, Nat Broad, Tasha Scott, Sarah Smith, Evie Tomkin.
Boldon Ladies (from): Katie Luther, Ebony Foster, Rachel Cunningham, Chloe Sharp, Olivia Rodda, Alice Teasdale, Molly Turnbull, Leanne Anderson, Beth Gardener, Katy Hemmingway, Kate Jackson, Brittany James, Lucy Watson, Kira Whittle, Sarah Bennett, Charlotte Brown, Zoe Hornby, Annece Legg, Shannon McSweeney.
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