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Sunday will see Brighouse Town play the biggest game in their history as they take on former winners Everton in the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup.
The FAWPL Northern Division One side came through the previous round with a fine 4-3 victory over Long Eaton Utd and manager Rob Mitchell is looking forward to them pitting their wits against illustrious opposition.
"As a club, we are relishing the opportunity to play in the Third Round of the SSE Women's FA Cup first and foremost, and obviously being drawn against such an established side as Everton has added to the occasion," he told Women's Soccer Scene.
"It's not every day a self funded club the size of ours gets to rub shoulders with a full time WSL2 side and former winners of the competition to boot, that being said, we are hoping to be more than a match for them and not just there to make up the numbers.
"An opportunity like this doesn't happen too often so for us to just sit back and defend would go against how we play week in week out. We will hopefully get our fair share of possession and it's down to the girls to use it positively, if we can keep it tight at the back and take our opportunities, anything can happen in the cup."
"We weren't given much hope in the last round and we proved a few people wrong. I saw one article saying we've had a good run but won't get past Long Eaton - that kind of stuff just spurs us on and gives us strength.
"Everton will be our biggest ever test in a competitive game so we know it won't be easy, but dreams can come true and it seems this year more than ever is the year of the underdog. Just look at the men's game and the likes of Lincoln and Sutton who have made unbelievable progress and continue to surprise bigger teams."
Brighouse striker Jodie Redgrave was her side's 'four goal hero' in the last round as she scored all their goals in the win over Long Eaton, earning herself the accolade of being named as the Player of the Round.
"We are no mugs," she added. "We know the game against Everton isn't going to be easy. But at the end of the day, football is unpredictable as demonstrated by Lincoln and Sutton. We just have to want it on the day.
"Ultimately, we have to enjoy the day as a club and relish the support from everybody! It's exciting for us all involved, our juniors, our supporters and we have to prove to ourselves and each other that we can compete and we aren't going to just let it slip through our palms, we have to dare to dream!"
Kayleigh Bamforth, the club's all time record appearance holder, said: "I have been associated with the club since its formation, I remember playing on a council pitch in the West Riding leagues and never thought we would ever be in this position. The development and growth of the club has been unbelievable and to now be a WPL side and in the Third Round of the FA Cup against Everton is a dream come true.
"We want to give a good account of ourselves and who knows, on the day we may just cause a bit of an upset. The pitch won't be what they are used to and hopefully the girls will be up for the challenge, play without fear and know that we are under absolutely no pressure - which is something we have seemed to do in the cups this season!"
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