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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Regents Park Rangers recorded one of the results of the round when they won 4-2 against Chesham Utd, who play two levels higher than the Greater London League side. Natalia Mann was on target twice for Rangers and there was one apiece from Fiona Carter and Natasha Daly. Rangers were well rewarded in the First Round draw with a plum home tie against Premier League opposition in the shape of Keynsham Town, who came through a tough tie away to Chichester City with a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Justine Lorton-Radburn and Cristina Vega Leandro.
Formed in 1993 as a five-a-side girls team, playing with borrowed tee shirts, the club was highly successful and made the transition into eleven-a-side football and eventually climbed the league pyramid system from the bottom, achieving Premier League status in 2006, playing in the Southern Division for nine excellent seasons which were the club's glory years, punching well above its weight for a small Somerset town of just 15,000 people, including a record five successive Somerset County Cup wins until relegated in 2014-15. Since then, Keynsham are now in their second campaign in South West Division One, having finished third in the table in 2015-16 and now also sitting in third place in the current table. The aim is for promotion, but they at least hope to equal, or better last season's standing.
First team manager, Barrie Newton, is now in his 23rd year in that position and is fortunate to be supported by assistant Matt Osborne, who also oversees the Development squad and has brought a wealth of knowledge to the club since joining over a year ago. The club is also fortunate in having the experienced Justine Lorton-Radburn as player coach, both on and off the field and midfielder Rachel Cullen is club captain. They are part of the largest FA Community Standard club in the County.
Injuries have hit the playing staff this season with a succession of ACL injuries that have affected the availability of top players, but hopefully, there will be some respite soon.
As a club, Keynsham have excellent facilities with a FIFA approved 3G pitch that was installed at the AJN Stadium in 2011-12 and there are plans for a major clubhouse and dressing room renovation in the coming closed season. The club has a separately registered sister club, Keynsham Town Development, which plays in the South West Regional League Premier Division.
"Keynsham Town also has a thriving youth set up with a particularly talented U16 squad that have won all their games so for this season in the Bristol Girls League, where they currently top the table," says Barrie Newton. "We look forward to most of them entering senior football next season.
"Overall, despite being one division below where we would wish to be playing, the club is in better shape than at any time over the past few years and looks forward to continuing improvement in the coming years."
Regents Park Rangers (from):
Layla Dervish, Tamara Ashaye, Alessandra Bellini, Fiona Carter, Catriona Christie, Olivia Coy, Claire Cunningham, Natasha Daly, Chloe Gobe, Lucy Goodwin, Ceryl Guard, Aleksandra Janowska, Alexandra Joannides, Katie Klosinski, Maxesha MacFarlane, Natilia Mann, Sarah Pearce, Nicola Rose, Allison Rowe, Julie Syer.
Keynsham Town (from):
Colette Bell, Andreea Alexandru, Jessie Osborne, Jade Lorton-Radburn, Nadine Grogan, Katie Cook, Justine Lorton-Radburn, Geovana Alves, Yasmin Pratt, Rachel Cullen, Stacey Pearson, Cristina Vega Leandro (Keka), Hannah Davies, Danielle Beazer, Hannah Christer, Hari Sabic, Hannah Sims, Angnieszka Ziolek.
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