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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
Our match in the south will be an all-Sussex affair with Seahaven Harriers playing host to Rottingdean Village.
Seahaven Harriers LFC was established as a girls club in 2002 as there were no dedicated girls clubs in the area at the time, the only options for playing football being with Sleaford Town boys and, sadly, it was a familiar story of the time in respect of investment in girls teams.
Adam McDonald had two girls who were interested in playing football and so, with a lot of hard work, he established Seahaven Harriers who kicked their first ball in anger in the 2002-03 season with Under-11, Under-13 and Under-14 teams. The ladies team was established the following season and consisted in the main of the previous season's Under-14s.
The ladies have steadily built up a good squad with a belief in playing flowing football which has seen them promoted from the Sussex County League, up through the divisions to their current position in the South East Counties League Premier Division.
It has been a tough start to the season so far, with only one point from the opening four games, however the club has a very young squad of mainly 16 and 17-year-olds who are finding their feet in a very competitive league.
Emma Howard is the club's manager, assisted by Keith Bashford, and team captain is Vicky Phillips. Their longest serving player is Natalie King while Natalie Richards is the Club Secretary.
Rottingdean Village began life in 2005 and entered the Sussex County League, finishing as Champions and winning promotion to the South East Counties League. They narrowly missed out on two other trophies, losing in the League Cup Final and Sussex FA Trophy Final, being beaten by Whitehawk on both occasions.
After finishing fifth in the first season in their new league but winning the South East Counties Junior Trophy, they carried off the Division West title the following season and promotion to the Premier Division. However they were unable to sustain their progress and returned to the Sussex County League where they finished in third place last season, winning the League Cup in the process.
This season, Rottingdean have made an excellent start to the new campaign and they sit on top of the league with maximum points from their opening four matches. Amy Clark and Lauren Sandford are joint leading scorers with four goals apiece and Lydia White has also been amongst the goals this season.
The match will be played at Seahaven's home at Sleaford Town FC and Seahaven are likely to go into the game as narrow favourites, although Rottingdean's good start will see them approach the tie with plenty of confidence.
Seahaven Harriers (from): Chloe Sharp, Naikita Hunt, Natalie Ring, Emma Bashford, Ellie Hawes, Sharnie Franks, Taylor Coade, Vicky Phillips, Fran O'Callaghan, Emma Hatt, Beth McKellar, Harriet McKellar, Kiri Canning, Georgia Ungoed, Paige Ripley.
Rottingdean Village (from): Leanne Ancell, Amy Clark, Alison Crick, Chloe Cunnell, Charlotte Deeley, Laura Dixon, Chloe Eyre, Tiffany Hope, Jasmin Lloyd, Sophie Neal, Kayleigh Norris, Sabrina Sanders, Lauren Sandford, Hannah Sharman, Susan Stead, Lydia White, Sasha Wood.
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