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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Our match in the north sees Workington Reds, of the North West League, up against North Riding Women's League side Redcar Town.
Workington Reds were established in 2011, playing in the Cumbria Woman's League until 2014, when Carl Henderson lead the Reds Ladies to promotion to the North West Women's Regional League, where they have competed ever since. They became County Cup Champions in 2016, where they were guided and coached by Billy Redden. Finishing higher and higher up the table as the seasons passed by, the club is continuously improving with their fourth season competing in the SSE Women's FA Cup.
Dean Finley became manager in 2016, making this his second season with the club and he did a superb effort of guiding then to finish in fifth position in Division One North last season. Assistant Coach, Brian Heywood, has recently been appointed, he is in his first season with the club but has great vision and belief the girls can achieve and overcome any aims they set.
Leading the girls on the pitch is captain Laura Miller, who is also the goalkeeper, she has had the captaincy for three seasons now. Alongside her is Linzi Donaldson as vice captain.
Special mentions are made to the long serving members of the squad; midfielders Hannah Geen, Chloe Henderson and Linzi Donaldson as well as goalkeeper Danielle Easdon who have been at the club since it was established in 2011. None of this success would happen without the people behind closed doors, Workington Reds would like to thank Don Blackwell who takes time out of his weekends to make sure the park (Borough Park) is available and ready for use whilst providing refreshments for the girls and the travelling team.
Redcar Town were members of the North East League until the end of last season, when manager Ian Enderwick and Stokesley manager Karen Boyle decided to merge the two teams and use the excellent facilities at Redcar Town, where they share the floodlit main pitch with the senior men's team. Both teams struggled to field eleven players last season, which is why Redcar finished at the bottom of the North East League.
It was decided that with Karen's experience - fifteen years in the women's game and she even played against Hope Powell in her younger days - she should be the manager with Ian Enderwick as assistant and secretary. The team is captained by Claire Campbell, who is also leading scorer regularly hitting 30 goals a season, however she is not available on Sunday so vice captain Paula Lowe will wear the armband. Another big miss for the team will be Beth Enderwick, another striker who is currently in Australia until Christmas.
A special mention must go to Paula Lowe who, season in season out, is the first at training, plays every game, never goes off injured and will play in any position to help the team. Last season, she played in goal, centre back, left back and centre midfield and leads by example, always encouraging, never criticising and has the love and respect of everyone in the club. Also, 18-year-old Yasmin Cook who jumped up from the Under-18s into senior football and acquitted herself very well against more experienced and tougher players.
Workington Reds (from): Laura Miller, Danielle Easden, Sarah Scott, Willow Gray, Megan Yarnold, Natalie Callaghan, Leah Cottier, Lisa Boal, Eleanor Hope, Shannon Rumney, Chloe Henderson, Holly Redmond, Linzi Donaldson, Georgia Wilson, Jessica Reynolds, Erin Marley, Hayley Bracken, Megan Batey, Rebecca Buchanan, Hannah Geen, Lissy Close.
Redcar Town (from): Louise Arden, Emma Bolton, Lydia Brown, Claire Campbell, Michelle Coleman, Yasmin Cook, Gemma Craddy, Emily Faye Crisp, Georgia Elliott, Beth Enderwick, Emily Fewster, Kirsty Flynn, Georgie Horn, Rachel Horsley, Paula Lowe, Lauren Potter, Heather Power, Tyler Sharp, Laura Taylor, Ellie Turner, Gabrielle Wordsworth.
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