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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Derby County came through a difficult tie away to Guiseley in the Second Round with a 2-0 victory to maintain their excellent start to the season.
New signing Sam Griffiths netted both goals to send her side into the Third Round, where they must make the trip to play Wellingborough Diamonds.
Wellingborough moved into the Third Round by running out 6-1 winners over Leicester City Ladies, spearheaded by a hat-trick from Mikaela Welford.
The club was formed ten years ago from the former Northampton & County LFC. The club struck up an affiliation with Rushden & Diamonds FC with the blessing of their manager Brian Talbot and, after an approach by players Julie Holt and Sue Meekcom, Tony Blake agreed to take up the position of coach/manager for the ladies team. During those early days, the newly formed club competed in the Eastern Region League with home games being played on Pitch 3 at Nene Park. After a League Cup win in 2000, they won the League the following year.
The most memorable season came in 2002-03 when they won the League Championship and Vicky Gallagher scored 78 goals in a season which culminated in a round-robin play-off final with Crystal Palace and Redhill. After a 3-2 defeat against Palace, promotion to the South East Combination was secured with a 2-0 victory over Redhill.
After three years consolidating their position at Combination level, finishing third in 2006-07, Diamonds found that they were unable to continue to use the facilities at Nene Park following a change of management. Wellingborough Town stepped in to provide a pitch for home games at the start of last season and the club won a sponsorship deal with local firm RPS (GB) Ltd. They went to finish fourth and won the League Cup by beating Lewes in the Final. At the start of the current season, the decision was made to rename the club Wellingborough Diamonds LFC.
Vicky Gallagher is now player manager, assisted by Phil Gulliver and James Foulser and Dave Mason undertakes the role of Secretary. Key players within the squad include the likes of Mikaela Welford, Aileen Whelan and Fay Howell.
The match takes place at Wellingborough Town F.C. and an interesting clash is expected between Wellingborough's free scoring forward line and Derby's excellent defensive record in what should be a very close game.
Wellingborough Diamonds (from): Shana Haynes, Charlene Ward, Amy O'Brien, Fay Howell, Leanna Doyle, Kirsty Cooper, Caroline Moran, Anna McLeod, Mikaela Welford, Charly Wright, Aileen Whelan, Vicky Gallagher, Rosie Thurston, Megan Roberts, Jo Scully, Sue Meekcom.
Derby County (from): Jenny Simpson, Becki Bryan, Suzanne Hart, Natalie Ennis, Lorna Abbey, Sinead Morgan, Leanne Beet, Emily Jeffery, Maria Wayne, Amy Pashley, Phallon Barker, Leanne Abbey, Lauren Steadman, Sam Griffith, Jemma Douglas.
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