The SSE Women’s FA Cup returns this weekend as three of our local sides are involved at the Second Qualifying Round stage.
The biggest win of those came from FC United of Manchester Women who defeated fellow NWWRFL Division One South side Altrincham 13-1 at Broadhurst Park. The incredible score-line, only the third biggest margin of the round, saw four goals apiece from Captain Kirsty Chambers and Jess Battle on their way to a romping victory.
They will face NWWRFL Premier Division side Wigan Athletic who enjoyed their own big win as they defeated Accrington 7-0 at home in the previous round.
It will be a tough test for FC as they take on a Wigan side that finished runners-up to eventual winners Bolton Wanderers last season who followed up their Cup win with a 2-0 home win against MSB Woolton.
That won’t face FC United as they head to Billinge however having ran out 17-0 victors against City of Liverpool themselves last weekend taking their tally of goals to 30 in two outings. FC United will be looking to reach the 3rd qualifying round for the second season in a row.
Two teams already making history having entered the competition for the first time ever are Manchester Stingers and West Didsbury & Chorlton Women.
Stingers recorded an impressive home win to defeat Blackburn Community 2-1 and avenge a 3-0 home league defeat suffered at the hands of Blackburn last April. The goals came from Nic Armstrong in the first half before the win was sealed with a 25 yard effort from Elle Powles.
There reward is another home tie at Whalley Range against fellow Premier Division side MSB Woolton. MSB Woolton were one of three sides from the NWWRFL to receive a bye from the first qualifying round. They exited at the first stage last season when they were beaten 2-0 away to Wigan Athletic.
Stingers under the new management of Elliot Sutcliffe will be looking to build on their win despite having their fixture at the weekend postponed due to the weather. The Stingers opening league fixture came mid-week as they were defeated 5-1 away to Stockport County.
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If you’re looking for your local Women’s football fix this weekend Manchester Stingers played their home games at Whalley Range FC, Kings Road, Chorlton with KO 2pm and the bar open as usual.
With the furthest to travel West Didsbury & Chorlton will look to maintain their winning start to the season when they travel to NWWRFL Premier Division side Blackpool at the HASSRA Pavilion.
West carried their pre-season form into the new season as they defeated Warrington Wolverines in their first-ever competitive game winning 3-2. Goals from Elizabeth Livesey and Sophie Bracegirdle had given West a 2-0 half time lead before the Wolverines rallied to pull level late on. However Livesey ensured West’s first entry into the history books was a victory thanks to a late winner.
The win avenged a loss suffered in the FA Women’s Cup from last season when, in their previous entity, they exited at the same stage losing 2-0 at home to Warrington Wolverines.
The will travel to a Blackpool side who boasted the second biggest win of the First Qualifying Round as they thrashed Nelson 14-0 at home. Blackpool will be hoping to take their cup form into Sunday’s game having lost both their league openers to Sir Tom Finney (2-1) and Burnley (6-1); sides West both faced in pre-season with West beating STF 3-2 whilst losing 10-0 to Burnley.
All three games will kick off at 2pm on Sunday and stealingfiveyards.com will (try and) have a comprehensive round-up of our local sides road to Wembley on Monday.