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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
AFC Telford United Ladies were formed In June 2017 after the previous side folded in 2012. With the coaching staff of Les Smith and Mick Hill and the appointment of Sean Evans from Shrewsbury Town, foundations were being laid for a bright future. 24 players were recruited from far and wide and also in house with many coming through the clubs girls and women's pathway program.
The club entered the Birmingham County Women's League Division One with the aim of being successful - and that they were. The Bucks Ladies went on to win the league with a record 20 wins out of 20, only conceding seven league goals and scoring an astonishing 137, securing them the league and promotion.
Over the summer, AFC Telford were granted promotion directly into the West Midlands Regional League, and new challenges await.
The Bucks Ladies are still under the managership of Sean Evans and are captained by Caitlyn Smith. Key signings have been made over the summer with prolific striker Katie Doster and winger Jaime Duggan adding super quality to the squad. The aim this season is to stabalise and keep building, but this squad is capable of anything.
Kidderminster Harriers WFC was reformed after several years without a team, ready in time for the 2016-17 season. Being classed as a new side, they had to start off in the bottom tier in the Midwest Counties Female League.
The first season went a lot better than they thought it would, winning the league by five points and with a goal difference of 100+. Kidderminster also reached the League Cup Final, which was also won against Bartestree from Hereford, and also reached the semi finals of the Worcestershire County Cup.
For the 2017-18 season, the club was promoted to the West Midlands League Division One South. A reasonable season was had with a creditable position of fifth in the league, reaching the semi finals of the League Cup but they did manage to win some silverware by lifting the Worcestershire County Cup. They now start our second season in the league and this will be making their debut in the SSE Women's FA Cup .
There is one player left who has been with the club from the very beginning and that is Kirsty Roberts, who is also the club's top scorer with 62 goals over their two seasons of existence. The club's top scorer last season was Alex Nicklin with 29.
The manager is James Astle, who had a lot of success as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers ,and this season's captain is ex-Wolves record appearance holder Anne Johnson - however she is not available for this week's Cup game due to holidays. Anne takes over from Amber Lawrence, who has successfully captained the side over the past two seasons.
The team was reformed by Malcolm Cowell, who is Club Chairman and also Physiotherapist for the side, he also worked for Wolves. Sally Cowell is Secretary and Anthony Rides, another ex-Wolves employee, is Goalkeeping Coach.
The tie takes place at the New Bucks Head Stadium with a 2pm kick off.
AFC Telford Utd (from):
Phoebe Carter, Mia Beddows, Sophie Brown, Darel Poole, Kemi Gordon, Jaime Duggan, Caitlyn Smith, Maddie Jones, Katie Doster, Ash Kilgour, Jess Heppenstall, Kim Winton, Kim Holden-James, Beth Cooke, Vicky Harper, Kayleigh Harrison, Nicola Durnall, Jem Smith, Mollie Hill, Abbie Baldwin, Lauren White.
Kidderminster Harriers (from):
Anna Lock, Amber Lawrence, Lauren Wyatt, Jess Davis, Sophie Richards, Amber Quick, Amie Savva, Amy Plimmer, Beth Dutton, Kady Donohue, Pippa Price, Alex Nicklin, Kirsty Roberts, Hannah Tromans, Chanelle Mason, Ella Voyce, Chloe Whyley, Molly Maguire, Amey Berrow, Dominique Luke.
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