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F.A.Women's Cup - Road to the Final
A late goal from Jo Woodgates catapulted West Ham Utd into the quarter finals for the first time in their history where they will face another London side in the shape of Barnet.
Barnet will go into the match in great Cup form, having won the Premier League Cup during midweek as well as knocking out Birmingham City in the previous round.
The origin of the club dates back to 1975, when it was formed as District Line Ladies F.C. In 1991-92 they won the Greater London League Premier Division and were promoted to the Women's National League, where they won the Division One South title at the first attempt. During the close season of 1993, they entered into a partnership with Wembley F.C.
In 1995-96, Wembley won the Premier League Cup, defeating Doncaster Belles on penalties in Final, and reached the Final of the FA Women's Cup a year later, lsoing a tight match 1-0 to Millwall Lionesses. After relegation in 1998, they linked up with Barnet and changed their name but, despite a third place finish in 2001, they were relegated from the Premier League in 2004. The appointment of Tracey Kevins as manager heralded a turnaround in fortunes and they carried off the South East Combination title in 2005-06.
Last season, Barnet finished as Southern Division Champions as well as being FA Women's Cup semi finalists and a tough start this time around has left them battling to keep their National Division status. Their Cup form has been impressive though with their Premier League Cup success and another good FA Cup run.
Manager Tracey Kevins, assisted by Lydia Bedford, has a strong squad at her disposal which is captained by Danielle Murphy. Abbie Prosser is a highly rated young midfielder along with the experienced Eartha Pond, while Stacey Sowden is on the verge of scoring 200 goals for the club.
Barnet will start the match as favourites at Hanwell Town FC on Sunday and will be on the crest of a wave but the teams have had some tight battles in recent years and the Hammers certainly cannot be discounted.
Barnet (from): Cherie Rowlands, Jade Dempster, Sally Wade, Abbie Prosser, Leanne Reidy, Gemma Rudman, Davina Smith, Danielle Murphy, Stacey Sowden, Jess Trimnell, Zoe Lance, Alex Keown, Vicky Boardman, Emma Davies, Katie O'Leary, Danielle Scanlon, Eartha Pond.
West Ham Utd (from): Toni-Anne Wayne, Natalie Grafton, Jess Barling, Rosey Sullivan, Danica Revell, Tracey Duxbury, Jo Woodgates, Ruby Southgate, Emma Thomas, Carly Roache, Stacey Little, Gemma Shepherd, Jo Wosahlo, Nina Downham, Becky Merritt, Kayleigh Xidhas.
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