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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Alnwick Town hit many headlines in the last round with a stunning 5-0 win against Premier League side Rotherham Utd to take themselves into the First Round at the first attempt. Jade Barrett netted twice along with Amy Hately, Georgia Thompson and Mel Darling, to become one of four remaining County League teams in the First Round, where they will again be at home to Burnley Girls & Ladies, who reached this stage by beating Wigan Athletic 4-1 with goals from Sarah Greenhalgh (2), Leah Embley and Justine Wallace.
Burnley FC Girls & Ladies was founded in 1995 by John Lister. The club initially consisted of fifteen ladies, who trained in the Old Barn behind Turf Moor and played their home games at Gawthorpe in the Lancashire League. An Under-10s side quickly followed, led by Graham Meeks and Peter Cooper. Following the demise of the Lancashire League, the 'open age team' joined the North West Women's Regional League, where it continues to play to this day.
The club has experienced phenomenal growth in recent years and is now one of the largest female only football clubs in the North West, catering for girls of all ages from five years and upwards and have over 180 girls and ladies registered to play for the club. The club's youth teams, ranging from Under 10s to Under 16s play in the highly respected West Lancashire Girls Football League (WLGFL), named FA Charter Standard League of the Year in 2013.
A strategic decision was made prior to the 16/17 season to bring the Girls and Ladies team 'in house' and within the operations of the club's charity, Burnley FC in the Community. A new Female Football Development Officer, Matt Bee, was recruited with the aim to restructure the club and to offer sustainable support for the long term and he has also undertaken the role of Head Coach. The Ladies first team is central and underpins the female football pathway at the club.
The first team has undergone lots of changes both on and of the pitch with the introduction of a professional element to every day workings and the implementation of tactical and technical developments. These developments saw them achieve their best ever league finish last season and Sunday's match against Alnwick Town will be the first time the team has ever qualified for the First Round Proper of the SSE Women's FA Cup.
Alnwick Town (from): Kitty Lindley, Shaunie McFall, Amy Hately, Georgia Thompson, Jodine Crombie, Larissa Brown, Ash Grisdale, Mel Darling, Jade Barrett, Georgia Latto, Amy Lawson, Becky Robinson, Chloe Young, Jenny Patterson, Lauren Humble, Lynn Anderson.
Burnley Girls & Ladies (from): Taylor Gregson, Holly Hunter, Jo Holt, Samantha Fleck, Vikki Eastwood, Leah Embley, Linny Craig, Justine Wallace, Charlotte Banner, Sarah Greenhalgh, Georgia Payton, Evie Priestley, Rebecca Hayton, Karina Rydzynska, Claire Pearson, Elizabeth Hamer, Joanne Rohman, Lauren Bracewell.
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