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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Guiseley's narrow 3-2 victory away to Barnsley has seen them take over the baton for the North and move to within one match of the First Round Proper.
Rachel Dainty scored the winner for Guiseley with ten minutes remaining to add to earlier goals from Fay Shipman and Vicky Winters and this set them up with a home tie in the Third Round Qualifying against Ossett Albion who reached this stage of the competition with a notable 4-2 success over Huddersfield Town with goals from Rachel Barber, Kate Westmoreland, Lindsey Corbett and Gemma Patterson.
Ossett Albion was formed in May 2001 from players and the reserve team manager who split from Wakefield LFC after being restricted in opportunities to progress with the club. The reserve team manager, Martin Dearie decided that with the lack of progression offered to the reserve team players who were young but talented they should set up their own team. The team finished fourth in the Yorkshire & Humberside League Second Division and, to further progress, it was agreed that setting up an independent club would be the only way to continue with the success. This is how Ossett Albion Ladies was inaugurated.
In the first season as Ossett Albion they finished fourth in the league and won the Yorkshire Plate Competition. The following season was one of the club's most successful as they lost only two league matches all season, scoring 138 goals in 26 games and finishing runners-up. The team also made it to the League Tournament Final, losing on penalties to Premier Division Hull City. In 2003 the team again finished second in the league and won the Yorkshire Plate for the second time. A rebuilding exercise followed with many first team players leaving to pursue their footballing careers at higher clubs within the Premier Division after Albion were denied promotion despite finishing second in the league two years running. The club was left with only nine players to start the season and not surprisingly they lost the first five league matches but following recruitment's including a new keeper the results turned around and the team starting climbing the league to finish a respectable fifth after being bottom at Christmas.
Phil Young is the present Manager and the team, captained by Gemma Patterson, have got off to a good start this season and are amongst the front runners in the Southern Division of the North East League.
The match takes place at Guiseley's Nethermoor Park home and, although the home side play one division above, Ossett's win against Huddersfield in the last round suggests that a close Cup tie in the offering.
Guiseley (from): Joanne Farquhar, Jodie Marsden, Louise Batterby, Kirsty Cammell, Katie Matthews, Jenny Taylor, Dominique Balmond, Jolene Forrest, Katie Jesson, Faye Shipman, Rachel Dainty, Vicky Winters, Joanna Currie, Polly Fildes, Sarah Dunn, Kat Naismith, Katy Wright, Emily Hardaker, Zoe Clegg, Jo Sigley, Clare Jenkins.
Ossett Albion (from): Kim Nallon, Dawn Dobson, Joanne Barnes, Sophie Langdale, Kerrie Zserdicky, Rachel Barber, Angie Gaughan, Kelly Tester, Gemma Patterson, Lindsey Corbett, Kate Westmoreland, Amy Hoang, Jade Huggins, Lyndsey Nelson, Helen Fraser.
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