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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Keynsham Town produced one of the results of the round when winning 3-1 away to C & K Basildon from the division above. Cristina Vega Leandro, Geovana Alves and Justine Lorton-Radburn scored the goals to take the South West Division One side into the Third Round for only the third time in their history, where they face WSL 2 opposition in the shape of Durham Women, who enter the competition for the first time at this stage.
Durham WFC were formed in 2014 as a merger between South Durham & Cestria Girls and Durham University, competing in their first ever Women's Super League season during 2014.
Cestria was founded during 2006 by Lee Sanders and the North East side became perennial achievers in the women's game. The girls played teams as far-reaching as Portugal, Ghana and America before winning the prestigious World Peace Cup in Oslo in 2010. A year later, they finished runners-up at the Gothia World Youth Cup.
Their first season as a senior football side finished in a Northern Women's Combination League trophy before the merger came about with Sanders and Quentin Sloper, head of sport at Durham University, heading up the idea. This led to the Wildcats competing in their first WSL2 campaign during 2014. The side took a while to find their feet but finished strongly and eventually finished 6th, a magnificent achievement for a side formed just months before the League began.
A successful second season followed with Durham finishing 7th despite an injury-ravaged campaign, giving the Wildcats plenty of confidence heading into 2016.
2016 proved to be the club's most successful year yet, with records broken on and off the pitch. A fourth place finish was coupled with increasing crowds and the Wildcats had their best ever FA WSL campaign - only narrowly missing out on one of the two promotion spots to the top tier.
Lee Sanders is still First Team manager, assisted by Andy Thorpe, with Dan Lonsdale and Mark Bell in the role of Strength & Conditioning Coach and Goalkeeping Coach respectively. Dave Irvine is the club's Physiotherapist, Dawn Hepple undertakes the role of Secretary and Mark Donnelly is Marketing Officer.
The team is captained by Sarah Wilson and England Next Gen international Beth Hepple was last season's top scorer, although the recent acquisition of Scotland international striker Zoe Ness after a spell in Sweden is sure to increase the team's firepower ahead of the forthcoming Spring Series.
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.
Durham Women (from):
Helen Alderson, Annabel Johnson, Grace McCatty, Sarah Wilson, Sarah McFadden, Beth Hepple, Zoe Ness, Nicki Gears, Natalie Gutteridge, Jordan Atkinson, Nicola Gibson, Megan Borthwick, Becky Salicki, Sarah Eadon, Ellie Christon, Emily Roberts, Mercy Darkoah, Tyler Dodds, Jen Jennings, Rachel Lee.
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