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Cambridge United manager Steve Edwards believes that Sunday's SSE Women's FA Cup Third Round tie against Aston Villa will be a good challenge for his team.
The U's are having a good season in South East Division One of the FA Women's Premier League, having been on top of the table until last Sunday and have included Southern Division side Queen's Park Rangers amongst their Cup scalps so far.
"Once we'd beaten Southampton [in the previous round], we all spoke of what teams we might like to face in this round and Aston Villa were certainly one of those teams mentioned," Edwards told Women's Soccer Scene. "I'd have preferred a home game, but then we've had four in a row in the competition now, so we can't be too greedy!
"The cup run has been great for us, not just from the financial aspect, but also from the confidence and positive atmosphere that it has brought to the group and the players have earned themselves this opportunity, so it's important that they enjoy and embrace it.
"Aston Villa have the resources to be able to compete at a semi professional level and train more regularly than we are currently able to and that is the gap we have to try and bridge over 90 minutes. We certainly have the ability and talent in the group to cause an upset on the day, but we also know it will take a performance of the highest level from us to get something from the game.
"We are daring to dream, but we are also staying grounded with our focus and work rate ahead of the fixture and while we are still involved in the title race we are ensuring that we don't lose sight of that also.
"But win or lose, I know that the day will be a superb occasion for the club and no less reward than the players deserve for their efforts this season. And you just never know, if we can defend resolutely as a team and bury one or two of the chances that we will undoubtedly get, we may be talking about one of our best ever victories!"
"We've worked hard for our success so far in the FA Cup and we're thrilled to have drawn a WSL 2 side this round," added Laura Mills. "We know it's going to be a tough game and of course we will have a level of respect for our opponents - but at the same time, there is a place in the next round up for grabs.
"We're looking forward to facing what could possibly be the biggest challenge for us this season."
Cambridge midfielder Laura Bright commented: "As players, the opportunity to play against a WSL club is a key objective regarding the FA Cup. Aston Villa are a talented side with ambitions to push on this year and we're looking forward to testing ourselves against them."
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