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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Our northern tie is between two teams who have been promoted to the North East League this season, with Bridlington Rovers playing host to Bradford Park Avenue.
Bridlington Rovers are entering their third season as a team. The first two seasons have been very successful, our finishing third in the East Riding County Women's League and winning the League Cup in their first campaign. Last season was extremely successful, as Bridlington did the League and League Cup 'double', also finishing as runners-up in the East Riding County Cup. They also enjoyed an excellent FA Cup run, reaching the Third Round Qualifying before getting knocked out by FC United of Manchester.
The team is managed by Mark Womersley and Kevin Drewry. They also have a strength and conditioning coach in Georgia Begbie, who works with the team on a regular basis.
Amy Thompson has been named as the new club captain this season. She has all the qualities required to be an excellent leader and was also an ever present last season. Last season's leading goalscorer was Amy Ward who scored 44 goals in all competitions and she will be hoping to add to that tally this time around.
"After taking promotion to the North East Regional Women's Football League this season, the squad has undergone a bit of change with some players not able to commit to the extra travelling and time," Mark Womersley told Women's Soccer Scene. "We have tried to bring in young, hungry players that want to play at a higher level with the determination to prove themselves. It's going to be a challenging season but it's a challenge we are up for."
Club Chairman Andy Potts added: "It's once again great to see Bridlington Rovers Ladies competing in the best domestic cup completion in the world. It just shows how far they have all come in such a short space of time under the hard work of Mark and Kev. We hope all the players have a great day and are able to enjoy a similar cup run to last season. We wish Bradford Park the very best but we hope that Rovers get the result that their hard work richly deserves."
Bradford Park Avenue are in their twelfth season since forming, originally as Farsley Celtic but club policies from their previous regime meant the ladies had to find a new home, which was met with open arms by then Bradford Park Avenue Financial Director Kevin Hainsworth who in turn bought the team a new kit and equipment out of his own pocket.
The team, at the time, had got to the top flight in the West Riding Women's League but had to start again at the bottom division. Successive promotions saw the ladies back in the Premier Division where they stopped until this season, where they have gained promotion to the North East Regional League.
The team is managed by Neal Asquith, with Rebecca Teale as his assistant and Nicole Chamberlain as Coach, whilst Jonathan Ball undertakes the role of Goalkeeper Coach.
Jade Nelson captains the team with Samantha O'Brien as the longest serving player, indeed she is the only ever present since the club was formed (Rebecca Teale is the other original player but returned three years ago after a spell away). Natalie Bell was last season's leading goalscorer, with Kirsty Russell having the most assists and Victoria Cullen was the recipient of the Players' Player award.
Bridlington Rovers (from): Amy Thompson, Sarah Walters, Jade Newlove, Amy Ward, Evie Barrett, Josie Groves, Chloe Horton, Eleanor Robinson, Danielle Kendrick, Kennedy Elvin, Kara Mason, Gemma Bentley, Amelia Day, Demi Hanson, Charley Sutherby, Kerryn Jackson.
Bradford Park Avenue (from): Annie Roberts, Melandri Nyandoro, Nicole Chamberlain, Emily McNulty, Samantha O'Brien, Charlotte Ingham, Lisa Holgate, Emma Thompson, Alice McUrich, Jordelle Howlett, Ashley Butler, Olivia Duxbury, Rebecca Teale, Jade Nelson, Melissa West, Victoria Cullen, Victoria Barlow, Kirsty Russell, Natalie Bell, Katie Watmough, Sophie Mitchell.
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