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Kidderminster Harriers' Cup run was brought to an end as they were beaten 6-1 by Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Harriers team, and coaching staff, contained several who were up against their former club but they were unable to prevent Wolves from progressing with a goal apiece from Billie Haynes, Andrea Barnett, Anna Price, Jade Cross, Jess Jennings and Nyah Edwards. Wolves' reward is a tough one as they have been paired with Blackburn Rovers, who come into the competition at this stage.
 
Formed in 1991, Blackburn Rovers Ladies have enjoyed a glorious rise to the pinnacle of women's football. Under the supervision of the club's Community Department and the watchful eye of BRFC, the ladies team needed only seven seasons to reach the Northern Combination League. 
 
Following a move to the club's magnificent £20m Brockhall training complex in 2003, Rovers went on to lift the Lancashire Cup and become the first team to win the Northern Combination title with a 100% league record. Rovers then made a massive impact in their first year of Premier League football, retaining the Lancashire Cup and narrowly missing out on promotion after suffering just three league defeats and ending the season third. However, an undefeated Rovers set a Northern Division record in 2005-06, winning 20 of their 22 league games and lifting the Lancashire Cup for the third year running, whilst Andy McNally became the first coach from outside the top flight to be named Nationwide Manager of the Year.
 
Adam Lakeland replaced McNally at the helm in January 2007, as Rovers ended their first ever season of top flight football in fine form. Lakeland guided the team to a fourth successive Lancashire Cup, the historic achievement of two successive FA Women's Cup Team of the Round awards, en route to the semi-final stage, and a top half finish in the National Division table. Few clubs survive a second season in the top tier, but Rovers ended a mixed 2007-08 campaign (which also included a run to the quarter finals of the Premier League Cup) in eighth place. They also retained their country crown for the fifth year running.
 
Rovers endured a disappointing season in 2008-09, losing the Lancashire Cup final on penalties to Rochdale and ending their Premier League campaign in ninth place. However, they bounced back in 2009-10, winning the Lancashire Cup for the sixth time in seven seasons and ending the league season strongly, which included an historic 1-1 draw against Arsenal at Ewood Park, in seventh place. Rovers enjoyed a superb start to the 2010-11 season, losing just one of their opening seven league games, which saw them sitting pretty at the top of the table by the end of October. However, Rovers failed to win any of their remaining league fixtures and were relegated to the Northern Division on goal difference following a final day draw away to Barnet.
 
Former Reserve team manager Scott Rogers, who took temporary charge of first team affairs for the final two games of the season following Adam Lakeland's resignation, was joined by Nick Jackson-Cooney as joint managers on a permanent basis at the start of the 2011-12 season. Jackson-Cooney departed in October, but Rogers guided the team to the latter stages of all three domestic cup competitions, lifting the Lancashire Cup, and made a late promotion push in the Northern Division, only to eventually finish fourth. Rogers left Rovers in April 2013 to become assistant manager at Women's Super League side Liverpool and was replaced by interim manager Andy Ramskill, who guided the team to five league wins in their last six games.
 
A new era dawned in the summer of 2013 as highly-qualified FA coaches John Prince and Matt Craddock became the newly-appointed management team. However, after winning just two of their opening eight league games, the duo departed in early November. Gemma Donnelly (interim manager) and former Rovers midfielder Amanda Goodwin (assistant manager) took temporary charge for the remainder of the season, securing Rovers' Premier League status. Donnelly assembled a new-look Ladies squad for the 2014-15 campaign - her first full season in charge - and it would prove to be a successful one, as Rovers finished third in the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division and secured silverware by lifting the Lancashire Challenge Cup for the first time in three years, courtesy of a 3-1 victory over Morecambe in the final.
 
After a couple of steady seasons in the league, Donnelly's side took the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division by storm in 2016-17. The team enjoyed an unbeaten campaign - winning 17 and drawing three of their 20 league games - securing the title with four games to spare, as well as claiming the county crown for the third season in succession following a 1-0 victory over AFC Fylde. But the campaign ended in disappointment, as Rovers' hopes of promotion to the Women's Super League were dashed following a 3-0 defeat to Southern Division champions Tottenham Hotspur in the play-off final.
 
It would be a similar story in 2017-18, as Rovers once again enjoyed an outstanding season in the league and cup competitions, retaining the Northern Division title and Lancashire Cup, as well as lifting the Premier League Cup for the first time in the club's history, after coming from behind to beat Leicester City 3-1. However, the treble winners would suffer play-off heartbreak once again, as they missed out on possible promotion to the Super League following a 2-1 defeat to Charlton Athletic and their subsequent application to enter the newly formed Championship was rejected after appeal.
 
Gemma Donnelly is still manager with Amanda Goodwin as Head Coach and a strong squad has won every match they have played so far this season. Lynda Shepherd is captain and also the club's longest serving player, having made 237 appearances in 11 years over two spells. Saffron Jordan is currently leading scorer with 23 goals to her name whilst Natasha Flint has contributed a further 21.
 
Wolverhampton Wanderers (from): Katie Clarke, Courtney Jones, Natalie Widdal, Anna Price, Emma Cross, Mai Butler, Andrea Whetton, Tammi George, Jade Cross, Chloe Williams, Jen Anslow, Ruby Meeson, Beth Cleverly, Charlotte Criddle, Chloe Shirley, Billie Haynes, Jess Jennings, Anna Morphet, Macy Willis, Lowri Walker, Billie-Jo Edge, Maddie Elbro, Charlotte Wilkie.
 
Blackburn Rovers (from): Danielle Gibbons, Alex Brooks, Lynda Shepherd, Jess Holbrook, Alex Taylor, Saffron Jordan, Natasha Fenton, Kayleigh McDonald, Lagan Makin, Kelsey Pearson, Chelsey Jukes, Bethany Donoghue, Natasha Flint, Hannah Walsh, Ellie Stewart, Lauren Davies, Charlotte Stuart, Eve Kennerley.

 

 
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