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FA Cup 2nd round draw

The Second Round draw for The FA Women’s Cup in partnership with Nationwide was made at Soho Square on Monday by Sue Hough, member of The FA Women’s Football Committee. The Second Round features 40 clubs in 20 ties to be played on Sunday November 9th. Winners of this Round could face the sides from the Northern and Southern Division, who come in at Round Three. Second Round draw:

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Home teamvAway team
Alphington
v
Reading Royals
Birstall United
v
Coventry City Ladies
Blackpool Wren Rovers
v
Doncaster Parklands Rovers
Bury Girls & Ladies
v
Blackburn Rovers
Cambridge United
v
Loughborough Students
Cardiff City
v
Chesham United Ladies FC
Clevedon Town
v
Plymouth Oak Villa
Crystal Palace
v
Crowborough Athletic
Darwen
v
Chester City
East Durham Ladies
v
Preston North End
Garswood Saints
v
Manchester United
Gillingham
v
Lewes
Hopwood Ladies
v
Crewe Vagrants
Leafield Athletic
v
Leicester City
Leyton Orient
v
Colchester United
Newton Abbot
v
Reading
Nottingham Forest
v
TNS
Penzance
v
Forest Green Rovers
Queens Park Rangers
v
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
Whitehawk
v
West Ham United

FA Cup 2nd round draw

The Second Round draw for The FA Women’s Cup in partnership with Nationwide was made at Soho Square on Monday by Sue Hough, member of The FA Women’s Football Committee. The Second Round features 40 clubs in 20 ties to be played on Sunday November 9th. Winners of this Round could face the sides from the Northern and Southern Division, who come in at Round Three. Second Round draw:

[ League page ]

Home teamvAway team
Alphington
v
Reading Royals
Birstall United
v
Coventry City Ladies
Blackpool Wren Rovers
v
Doncaster Parklands Rovers
Bury Girls & Ladies
v
Blackburn Rovers
Cambridge United
v
Loughborough Students
Cardiff City
v
Chesham United Ladies FC
Clevedon Town
v
Plymouth Oak Villa
Crystal Palace
v
Crowborough Athletic
Darwen
v
Chester City
East Durham Ladies
v
Preston North End
Garswood Saints
v
Manchester United
Gillingham
v
Lewes
Hopwood Ladies
v
Crewe Vagrants
Leafield Athletic
v
Leicester City
Leyton Orient
v
Colchester United
Newton Abbot
v
Reading
Nottingham Forest
v
TNS
Penzance
v
Forest Green Rovers
Queens Park Rangers
v
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies
Whitehawk
v
West Ham United

Reaction to the draw

Reaction to the FA Women's Cup 4th round draw from team representatives.

Fulham v Sunderland

Fulham are the current FA Women’s Cup holders
Fulham manager Marieanne Spacey: “I am pleased that we have a home draw and pleased that we have avoided the biggest sides. Saying that, Sunderland are a good, tough side and we will show them respect. Whoever we draw would do their best to beat us and Sunderland will be no different.

“The FA Cup is important to us and, while our priority is to win The FA Nationwide Premier League and get into Europe again, this competition is the showpiece. Having the Final live on BBC gives the women’s game a big profile and we want to ensure we’re there again this season.”

Arsenal v Stockport County

Arsenal have won the trophy five times, the last one in 2001
Arsenal captain Faye White: “We can’t wait to start our FA Cup campaign and we want to make amends for last year, after losing to Charlton in the semi-finals. Personally I missed out on the entire FA Cup last season through injury, so I am looking forward to this game and we have a good tie to start with. I’m sure Stockport will throw everything they have at us and we will be ready for that.

“The FA Cup is the biggest cup competition in the world and it is the main one that we want to bring back to Highbury this season. We want to be back playing in the Final and enjoy all the extra prestige that comes with playing live to millions of people. I am privileged enough to have won The FA Cup before, but there are several players at our club who haven’t and want to enjoy that success. It is the club’s ambition to be the best and by winning The FA Cup, we could show that we are.”

Charlton Athletic v Portsmouth

Charlton were the beaten finalists last season
Charlton manager Keith Boanas: “On the face of it, it’s a great draw for us. In terms of technical ability and strength we should be comfortably better than Portsmouth, but after how we performed against Birmingham City in the league yesterday we are not certainties to beat anyone. We were far too lethargic and complacent and if we play like that again – whoever it is against – we will struggle.”

“The League is obviously the Holy Grail because it proves who has been the best and most consistent side over a number of months. But The FA Cup is the competition that helps put the women’s game on the map because of the BBC’s coverage and we will we be doing everything in our power to go all the way. It’s nice to avoid the bigger sides early on.”

Cardiff City v Merthyr Tydfil

Cardiff City pulled off a giantkilling over Barnet in the Third Round
Michelle Adams, Cardiff manager: “Overall, we are quite happy with that draw. It may be would have been nice if we could’ve drawn with someone else as ideally we go into the English FA Cup to meet new clubs but we’re quite happy with Merthyr. It’ll be another Welsh local derby especially as we’ve already met them and beaten them 1-0 in the Welsh Cup!”

Charlie Cook, Merthyr Tydfil manager: “Cardiff City Ladies are our biggest rival. I had a funny feeling that we might get them, so it’s an interesting one. It’s a local derby and there’s lots of history there. Our main focus however is to stay up in the Southern Division.”

Reading Royals v Millwall Lionesses

Reading pulled off a giantkilling over Southern Division leaders Bristol City in Round Three
Brian Lackey, Reading Royals manager: “We exceeded our expectation in beating Bristol City in the last round so we are looking forward to having another tough time against Millwall Lionesses. It will be great to be on home turf for this one.”

Rovers defeated by Royals - but still optimistic

READING ROYALS 4 FOREST GREEN ROVERS 2 Rovers final game of the year ended in a 4-2 defeat against promotion contenders Reading Royals. Given that Rovers lost to Reading 11-4 earlier in the season, their performance on Sunday was far more competitive on this occasion. Although Rovers conceded two goals in the opening 25 minutes, Reading never looked as composed and assured as the previous encounter. This was due to the fact Rovers competed for the ball in every position and forced the side make errors and concede possession. Rovers hard work was rewarded when Elli Bartlett played a ball forward to Phillipa Helliwell on the edge of the box. Helliwell’s pressure on the defender forced an error and she was able to capitalize by driving the ball forward and placing her shot in the bottom right-hand corner of the net. However, five minutes later Reading scored a third goal and the half-time score was 3-1 to the home side. Rovers began the second half well and their pressure was rewarded after 60 minutes when Kerry Bartlett put the ball in the back of the net. The goal had been created from another Elli Bartlett cross driven into the box. Helliwell found herself on the end of the cross and placed her shot past the keeper. K. Bartlett was on hand to make sure the ball crossed the line. At 3-2 Rovers had clearly rustled the feathers of the opposition as they soon became frustrated and feistier in their approach to the game. Although Rovers were losing, the game was fairly even in terms of possession and opportunities on goal. Helliwell nearly equalised after 75 minutes, but her edge-of the box shot was denied by a finger tip save from the Reading Keeper. Shortly afterwards, a Reading attack on the left hand side had resulted in an own goal scored by center-back Emma Clutterbuck. With 10-minutes remaining the own goal had effectively sealed the game for Reading and Rovers were unable to get back in the game. The final score was 4-2 to Reading Royals. Having now played the top two teams twice before Christmas Rovers know that they have the ability to pick up points in their remaining fixtures after the New Year. Team: S. Pearson, K. Dexter, E. Clutterbuck, T. Rutter, E. Bartlett, K. Fenlon (L. James), L. Perehinec, K.Bartlett, A. Silk, Z. Burford, P. Helliwell.

FA Women's Cup 5th Round

Both Middlesbrough women’s and men’s teams face a tough battle in The FA Cup this weekend, with both sides having been drawn against Arsenal. Steve McClaren’s Middlesbrough face a trip to Cup holders Arsenal on Saturday, while Marrie Wieczorek’s Boro Ladies will host five-times winners Arsenal in The FA Women’s Cup on Sunday. The tie of the round in The FA Women’s Cup, in partnership with Nationwide, will be played out at Gravesend & Northfleet FC at 2.00pm when National Division leaders Charlton Athletic welcome Fulham; it will be a replay of last season’s Cup Final which the then professionals of Fulham won 3-0. With Fulham turning semi-professional for this season, their league match in November was a much closer affair with The Whites stealing a 3-2 victory at The Valley. There are four sides from outside of The FA Nationwide Premier League – the top three divisions in the country – still remaining in the competition. Nottingham Forest face a trip to Chelsea, Reading Royals will host Bristol Rovers, Cardiff City play at home to Everton and Leyton Orient – victors away at Lincoln City in the Fourth Round – have a glamour tie at home to Birmingham City. The matches will be played this Sunday. The draw for the Sixth Round will be made at Soho Square on Monday January 26th and will be available on TheFA.com from 1.00pm.

Fifth Round draw in full

Chelsea v Nottingham Forest Doncaster Rovers Belles v Wolverhampton Wanderers Charlton Athletic v Fulham Reading Royals v Bristol Rovers Tranmere Rovers v Sheffield Wednesday Middlesbrough v Arsenal Cardiff City v Everton Leyton Orient v Birmingham City

Hot Scotch sinks Swindon

SUPER SCOTCH – Striker Debbie Scotcher scored Reading Royals’ second goal in their 2-0 win over a Swindon side that included Sam Quinn, daughter of former Reading manager Jimmy Quinn. ROYALS managed to put just two goals away despite creating a host of chances in this South West Combination match at Scours Lane on Sunday. Playing better than they had when winning 3-2 at Keynsham the previous week, Royals produced some good link-up play to prise open the Swindon defence time after time. But poor finishing, mixed with some good saves from keeper Judi Steenaart and determined defending, denied the Royals. The home side made a bright start and were rewarded with the opening goal after eight minutes. Debbie Scotcher crossed from the left and defender Kelly Chambers met it with a powerful close-range header. Scotcher was also involved in the second goal just before half-time, turning the ball home after good work by fellow striker Carla Rose. Despite a lot of possession, Royals were unable to add to their tally in the second half. Cheryl Williams, operating down the left, was a constant threat to the Swindon defence and was not far away from scoring. Anna Crane, in the home goal, didn’t have the busiest of afternoons but was relieved to see Catherine Reid’s shot rebound back off the underside of the crossbar.

Final Score

Reading Royals 2 Swindon Town 0Source

Reading Royals v FOREST GREEN ROVERS

After a second postponement of the fixture for the 1st round of the Womens FA Cup, Rovers returned to the league programme with an away trip to Reading Royals. The first half performance was not that great from Rovers. In fact they were out played for the most part of the half by a better team. Rovers found themselves 2-0 down after 15 minutes. However, in the 25th minute Zoe Burford offered Rovers some hope. Some good link up play between Elli Bartlett and Kerry Bartlett, saw Burford convert from a K. Bartlett cross into the box. In the 35th minute Rovers conceded a penalty, which the home side converted. Five minutes later, Royals scored a fourth goal from open play. The half-time score was 4-1 to Reading Royals. Rovers fought hard and played much better football in the second half. The only thing they failed to do was score. Reading did manage to score another goal in the 75th minute. The game ended 5-1 to Reading Royals. Perhaps if the first half performance was as the second, the final score may not have been so flattering. Rovers now face Cardiff away on Thursday 4th November, before taking on Newton Abbot at The Lawn on Sunday 7th November in the 1st round proper of the Womens FA Cup. Team: K Blunt (J Caton), K Dexter, E Clutterbuck, T Rutter, A Hunt (J Rudge-Hamlin), E Bartlett, K Bartlett, A Silk, L Perehinec, P Helliwell, Z Burford. Subs: M Massey, J Howard, S Doel.

Result

Reading Royals 5 Forest Green Rovers 1

South West Combination League

Sunday 7th November 2004 League round-up Cardiff City Bluebirds hold the only 100% record remaining in the league with an emphatic 8-1 win over Oxford City. Chesham United still hold on to the lead with a battling win away to Swindon Town. Reading Royals are still chasing with another heavy win over their local rivals, Reading Ladies. Launton were beaten at home by Clevedon Town, which means they are bottom and have already conceded more than 50 goals. There was a goal-scoring spree at Keynsham, where the home side scored five and STILL lost the match as Plymouth Argyle netted seven.

GILLINGHAM v Reading Royals: Women's FA Cup 2nd Round

A depleted Gillingham side bowed out the WFA Cup against a well organised Reading side who arrived over three hours late due to the chaos on the M25 and closure following Saturday's accident. Gillingham with four regular first team players missing due to suspensions and injuries failed to get a grip on the game and Reading forced the early pace with stand-in keeper Lesley Kay pulling of a good save in the early minutes at the expense of a corner to deny them the lead. She had to be alert to thwart an on rushing forward from a excellent through ball. Gills were finding it hard to get into the game with Reading doing the bulk of the attacking but Gills defence was holding firm at this stage with Kelly Seath and Becky Lyons excelling in central defence. Gills gradually got into the game and Laura East worked an opening but saw her shot go wide. Back came Reading to take the lead when slack marking from a free kick allowed a forward loose in the area to fire home for a 1-0 lead. Gills tried to get a grip on the game but Reading were calling all the shots and it was no surprise when they increased their lead following a good cross from the edge of the area which was met by a forward who volleyed home into the corner of the net to make it 2-0 at halftime.
Half-time
Gills came out for the second half with renewed confidence and play was swinging from end to end in what was becoming a typical cup tie. Gills created a chance to pull a goal back in the 55th minute when the industrious Laura East collected a loose ball in the Reading half before crossing to the hard working Gemma Ridge on the right who controlled the ball well before putting her shot over the bar. This was better football from Gillingham but they were still finding hard to make any impact on a well organised Reading side. Gills then introduced newcomer Kelly Tupper in place of a tiring Gemma Ridge but with the gloom and darkness descending Reading wrapped up the game with a well worked goal down the right and when the cross came over there was a Reading forward steaming in to despatch the ball into the back of the net via the crossbar to make the final score 3-0.
Final score
Gillingham Ladies 0 Reading Royals 3
Next match
Gills stay in Cup action next Sunday 21st Nov when they play hosts to Maidstone Town in the 1st round of the Kent Women's Cup KO 1:00pm at Cobdown Sports Ground.

Royals make up for lost time

ROYALS arrived more than three hours late due to the chaos on the M25 and its closure following a fatal accident involving a petrol tanker. They didn’t even have time to warm up before the kick-off. But that still did not stop them producing an excellent performance in this Women’s FA Cup second round tie on Sunday. Royals made the early running with Carla Rose and Cheryl Williams both prominent, and soon tested Gillingham’s stand-in goalkeeper Lesley Kay. It took the home side 27 minutes to create a worthwhile scoring chance with Laura East shooting wide. Royals took the lead in the 35th minute. Williams’ free-kick wasn’t properly cleared and defender Kathy Hooper fired the ball low past Kay. It came as no surprise when they doubled their lead five minutes later. Rose and Shelley Strudley were mainly involved in the move which saw Williams finished off with a powerful low shot.
Half-time
South East Combination side Gillingham came out for the second half with renewed vigour and Gemma Ridge went close to pulling a goal back. Royals keeper Anna Crane also made a smart save to deny the home side. But Reading were well organised in defence and hardly gave the Gills attack a look in. Because of the late kick off, the closing stages were played in dark conditions. But Royals saw their way through the gloom to score a third goal two minutes from time through Sarah Lipscombe from a chance created by Gemma Rudman. Royals have a tough third round draw, playing Premier League Southern Division side Brighton and Hove at Scours Lane on Sunday December 5 (1pm). This coming Sunday, Royals meet holders Chesham United in the Berks and Bucks Women’s Cup at Scours Lane.
Final score
Gillingham 0 Reading Royals 3 [ Source ]

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