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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Kidderminster Harriers' outstanding Cup run has taken them into the First Round for the first time, this time Solihull Moors being their latest victims as Kirsty Roberts and Amber Lawrence gave them a 2-1 victory. Kidderminster's reward is a home tie against more National League opposition in Wolverhampton Wanderers, who were 2-0 winners over Birmingham & West Midlands Ladies thanks to Jade Cross and Chloe Shirley. This will be an especially meaningful tie for several of the Harriers players and manager James Astle, all of whom were formerly with Wolves, whilst chairman Malcolm Cowell was formerly a physio at the National League club.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Women's FC has risen from modest beginnings to become one of the Midlands' best known clubs. Initially known as Heathfield Rovers, they were formed in 1975, then became Wolverhampton & Wednesbury Tube before taking on the name of Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1993. That season saw them promoted to the top flight of women's football where they spent two seasons before relegation. In 1999 Wolves Women were incorporated under the Companies Act with several influential local business people joining the board, including BBC presenter Jenny Wilkes (Chair) and former England Women's Cricket Captain Baroness Rachael Heyhoe Flint.
The club developed a strong youth development programme, with several players going on to represent England, including Rachel Unitt, Jody Handley and Emily Westwood. Aston Villa's European Cup-winning Captain Dennis Mortimer was appointed Manager in 2000 and successfully managed the team for three seasons, narrowly missing out on promotion back to the top flight.
In a landmark move for the club, the 2008-09 season saw the women's section join the youth teams in being taken on board by Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, as part of Wolves Community Trust. Wolves Girls' and Women's Football now forms an important part of this famous club. The last few seasons have seen the club promoted and relegated twice, with managers James Astle and Tim Dudding both leading successful promotion campaigns.
At junior level, the club was awarded a new FA Girls' Regional Talent Club license in 2016, supporting the identification and development of players with elite potential as part of the England Talent Pathway. The RTC has seen some talented young players moving through the ranks and making their mark at senior level under the guidance of Technical Director Steve Cullis, proud of his family link to the legendary Wolves Manager Stan Cullis.
Current First Team Manager Dan MacNamara took over at the start of 2018 after a poor start to the season and led the team in a relegation battle, just missing out on goal difference after a hard fought campaign. After the restructure of the women's football pyramid this summer, the team now find themselves in the new FA Women's National League Midlands Division One. With the addition of a new Development Squad, along with the core of last season's team and some impressive new additions, they are determined to keep up the team spirit and momentum this season.
The team is captained by Anna Price (nee Perks), who is also their longest serving player having made over 250 appearances for the club. Jade Cross is leading scorer so far with 12 goals to her name, Lowri Walker having contributed a further ten, but they will be without Chloe Williams this weekend as she has received her first call up to the senior Wales squad.
The match takes place at Aggborough Stadium with a 2pm kick off and a very well contested cup tie is in prospect!
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.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (from):
Katie Clarke, Courtney Jones, Natalie Widdal, Anna Price, Emma Cross, Mai Butler, Andrea Whetton, Tammi George, Jade Cross, Chloe Williams, Jen Anslow, Ruby Meeson, Beth Cleverly, Charlotte Criddle, Chloe Shirley, Billie Haynes, Jess Jennings, Anna Morphet, Macy Willis, Lowri Walker, Billie-Jo Edge, Maddie Elbro, Charlotte Wilkie.
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