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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Oxford City saw off Fulham FC Foundation in the last round with a 4-3 victory, a Leah McConnell brace plus goals from Nicole Miles and Lindsay Parker being enough to take them into the Third Round Qualifying. Waheed Ramzan's side will be away this Sunday to Luton Town, who ran out 7-0 winners over AFC Dunstable thanks to Erica Byron (2), Jess McKay (2), Zara Carroll, Nicola Henman and Aurora Ryan.
Luton Town Ladies were formed in 1997. In the early days they only had youth teams, but at the start of the 2001-02 season they fielded our first adult team and entered the Southern Region League Division One. They set a target that in ten years they wanted to be in the Premier League!
Luton smashed that target and in 2009 were promoted into the FA Women's Premier League and were up against big guns such as Liverpool, Manchester City and Newcastle. This unfortunately only lasted one season as the travelling was just too much but the club has since stayed in the South EastDivision . They finished fourth in 2015 and again in 2016, before narrowly losing out on fourth place on the last day last season, finishing fifth, the same as in 2017.
Luton have won the Bedfordshire County Cup seven times before, the first time in 2008, where they went on to win it four years in a row, before losing out to Bedford in a penalty shootout in 2012. They then won it up until 2017, and were beaten by Bedford in 2018, but this still makes them the most decorated club in Bedfordshire.
The team was managed for many years by David Baker before his daughter, Nikki Baker took over the reins and she has guided them to a number of good finishes in recent seasons. First team captain is Rachel Carter, who has come through the youth ranks with Luton and spent some time at Arsenal and Peterborough, before moving back to the Hatters. Jess McKay is an attacking midfielder who came through the youth system at Luton Town, she is well known for her outrageous goals from distance and was last season's top goalscorer.
The match will be played at Stockwood Park Athletic Stadium, Luton Town LFC's home ground, and the home side will be looking to keep up their recent improving form against an Oxford City team who will approach the match with confidence.
Luton Town (from):
Kezia Hassall, Angelika Kopec, Rachel Carter, Amy Summerfield, Rachel Kosky, Rebecca Ferris, Erica Byron, Grace Stewart, Millie Guest, Zara Carroll, Nicola Henman, Jess McKay, Olivia Abraham, Aurora Ryan, Dionne Manning, Funmi Babalola, Natasha Fensome, Naomi Stirling.
Oxford City (from):
Nat Morris, Evie Brown, Becci Bostock, Chloe Duckett, Maisie Hastings, Emma Collins, Rachael Mariam, Isabel Hughes, Lindsay Pinker, Tina Higgs, Tizzy Russell-Cartwright, Nicole Miles, Edie Stilwell-Garrett, Mary Maguire, Leah McConnell, Jess Doyle, April England, Danielle Anderson, Elisha Cox, Mollie Avery, Emily Green, Lauren May.
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