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Colchester Utd take on Chelmsford City in the Final of the Essex County Cup at Maldon Town F.C. on Sunday, kick off 2pm.
Two of the county's strongest ladies clubs meet head-to-head having enjoyed varying fortunes in the competition historically. Kick off can't come soon enough for City and their manager Clare Andrews, who hopes the club's first County Final for six seasons will provide a replica of their 1999 and 2002 triumphs over the U's. "This Final has been a long time coming for some of our older and more established players," Clare explained. "We've had such a fantastic season and the belief and strength in the side are amongst our best characteristics. We like to think we play decent, passing football as well, which can be rare at our level."
City are currently riding high at the top of the Eastern Region Women's League Division One South and confidence is oozing through the squad. Focussing on the Final, Clare says she's clear about what targets her team will set themselves, claiming: "There will be no pressure on us during the game as we said all along we wanted to win the League and anything else that came along would be a bonus. Win, lose or draw we will be delighted to have got this far."
U's Manager, Lee Pope, thinks the appearance of United in Sunday's Final amounts from the sum of hard endeavour and a strong community backing as the North Essex-based outfit look to record their first ever County success. On several occasions the team in blue and white have been the bridesmaids but never the brides, yet Lee feels their name could be on the cup this time around: "Our girls have worked very hard to get us this far. It was great to knock out Dagenham & Redbridge [holders for the last four years] as it's usually the other way around based on previous seasons! Now we plan to enjoy the occasion of the Final and represent our club with pride."
Whilst drawing inspiration from the senior men's team's rise to the Coca-Cola Championship in recent years, United's female First Team are faring much better this season than their male counterparts and reside safely in mid-table in the F.A. Women's Premier League South amongst such luminaries as Millwall Lionesses, Portsmouth and West Ham United. The Reserves, meanwhile, are in with a chance of a top three finish in their second-string equivalent.
Admission at the Wallace Binder Stadium is just £3 for adults and £2 for concessions for one of the County's traditionally popular finals, supported by B.B.C. Essex. Further match details and build-up can be seen at the Essex County Football Association's Official Website, www.essexfa.com.
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