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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
West Ham Utd survived a first half scare to beat Blackburn Rovers and book their place in the last sixteen. Adriana Leon netted a goal in each half and Brianna Visalli added the other to take the Hammers through to a tie against Huddersfield Town, the last remaining National League club in the competition and who came from three goals behind to beat Charlton Athletic on a penalty shootout in the Fourth Round.
The club was formed in June 1988 as Huddersfield Ladies FC and joined the North-East Regional League Division 2 where, in their first season, they won the league Cup and were promoted to Division one as champions. Over the next few seasons there were signs that an exciting team was beginning to emerge and season 1992-3 saw them 3rd in the league and runners-up in the League Cup. At the end of 1992-3 season, Huddersfield Ladies merged with Huddersfield Town Juniors, becoming Huddersfield Town Ladies FC.
Season 1993-94 saw the 1st team carry all before them, losing only once all season and winning the League championship, the league cup, the Yorkshire cup. The following season saw the 1st team retain the league championship, winning all 16 league matches and scoring 101 goals in the process. Eventually Town were relegated twice over successive seasons to the Yorkshire and Humberside Premier League. However, in the same period a lot of time and effort was invested in producing a new crop of talented young players from within our own junior ranks.
During the 2006-07 season the first team finished in second place in the first season of the North East Regional Women's Premier Division. In the 2010-11 season the club won the NERWPL, league and cup double and gained promotion to the Northern Women's Combination league under the management of Mickey Booth.
After 14 years in charge, Mickey decided to step down as first team manager at the end of the 2012-13 season. Three excellent coaches were appointed with Glen Preston as manager, and Ashley Vickers and Fraser Green as his assistants for the 2013-14 season. Their first season in charge couldn't have gone much better, winning the Northern Women's Combination league championship by a margin of eight points and gaining promotion to the FAWPL Northern Division.
In their four seasons since promotion to the FAWPL Premier Division, Huddersfield Town Ladies have finished 5th, 8th, 9th and 6th respectively and Ash Vickers now manages the team with Lee Harrison and Michael Emery acting as his assistants.
The team is captained by Kate Mallin who started as a junior at 11 and is now 29 years old. 19-year-old Brittany Sanderson is leading scorer this season with 21 goals in all competitions. Goalkeeper Laura Carter deserves a special mention as she is one of the longest serving players and was in heroic form on Sunday, making a number of telling saves during the game as well as the crucial penalty save in the shootout.
The club is fully self funded and nobody within the club is paid, all players and behind the scenes staff work in a voluntary capacity.
West Ham Utd (from): Becky Spencer, Ria Percival, Erin Simon, Brooke Hendrix, Gilly Flaherty, Tessel Middag, Alisha Lehmann, Leanne Kiernan, Jane Ross, Julia Simic, Claire Rafferty, Kate Longhurst, Anna Moorhouse, Vyan Sampson, Brianna Visalli, Rosie Kmita, Esmee de Graaf, Lucienne Reichardt, Adriana Leon, So-hyun Cho.
Huddersfield Town (from): Laura Carter, Millie Turner, Shauna Legge, Kate Mallin, Vicky Abbott, Katie Nutter, Charley Evans, Sarah Danby, Laura Elford, Brittany Sanderson, Ella Harris, Charlotte Oates, Cara Bickett, Arianne Parnham, Sarah Dobby, Lucy Sowerby, Leoni Price, Anna Pedersen, Olivia Taylor, Isobel Boothroyd, Macy Ellis, Ainsley Strickland, Emily Cahill.
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