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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Manchester City ended the Cup run of West Auckland Town in the Third Round with a 4-1 success, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Shelley James, and they have been well rewarded in the Fourth Round draw.
City will play at home to Watford who have done extremely well in their first ever season in the National Division and came very close to their first ever major Final last week when losing 2-1 to Everton in the semi finals of the Premier League Cup, in the last minute of extra time.
After winning promotion to the Premier League in 2003, Watford ran away with the Southern Division title last season to reach the top flight for the first time in their history and they currently lie in fourth place, having briefly led the league earlier in the season.
The appointment of Sian Williams as manager has been a major factor in Watford's success and she has swiftly assembled a strong squad with a number of summer signings including Ashlee Hincks and Dominique Sinclair-Chambers from Charlton Athletic, Cori Daniels from Arsenal and the return of goalkeeper Marie Hourihan.
However the main threat to City will come from players already at the club, notably prolific striker Helen Lander who has netted nearly 90 goals in three seasons and has been tipped by her manager for an England place, whilst strike partner and captain Ellen Maggs needs little introduction, having won all major domestic honours with Arsenal as well as a number of England caps.
The match takes place at Flixton FC with a 1pm kick off and while Watford will be going into the match as favourites, City are a well organised side and will have their eyes on causing an upset.
Manchester City (from): Naveen Kirby, Levi Wensley, Kelly McLellan, Charlotte Farrell, Lindsay Savage, Lucy Hindley, Rebecca Lee, Shelley James, Ellena Turner, Rachael Davies, Danni Young, Ellen Thornton, Patrice Shirley, Nicola Morgan, Laura Gilmore.
Watford (from): Marie Hourihan, Dominique Sinclair-Chambers, Hayley Kemp, Cori Daniels, Lisa Burrows, Emma Thomas, Sally Wade, Emma Beckett, Mikaela Howells, Ellen Maggs, Helen Lander, Ashlee Hincks, Kelly Hughes, Charity Weston, Kat McKenna, Kathleen O'Toole.
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