The SSE Womens FA Cup makes an appearance during the Burnley Girls and Ladies Training Session, as they prepare for their first ever SSE Women’s FA Cup match in the first round away from home against Alnwick Town Juniors. Held at Prairie Sports Village, Burnley, UK on the 9th November 2017. Photo: Matt Robinson for FA

SSE Women’s FA Cup Second Round Highlights

In exciting news, the draw for the second round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup was made at Wembley Stadium yesterday afternoon. There are a lot of really interesting ties that have been drawn and I have picked my highlights of the round. 

Six-time winners Doncaster Rovers Belles have been drawn away to Leeds United Ladies. The Belles are struggling FAWNL North and with confidence low, Leeds United will smell a potential cup upset.

Meanwhile, the biggest match of the round will see 2009 runners-up Sunderland Ladies will host Fylde Ladies. Both sides are riding high in the FAWNL North and if I wasn’t based on the south coast then this would be the tie that I would be buying tickets for. Sunderland will be looking to avenge their opening day defeat to Fylde after Emily Hollinshead scored the only goal. 

Keynsham Town have been rewarded for their 8-1 rout of AFC Bournemouth with a home tie against C&K Basildon. Keynsham are currently undefeated in the league and Kerry Bartlett has already scored an astonishing 27 goals so far this season. She will be relishing the opportunity to test herself against the struggling FAWNL South club. 

Kerry Bartlett and Amelia Southgate both challenge for a ball.

Keynsham Town’s top scorer Kerry Bartlett and Portsmouth Women’s captain Amelia Southgate both challenge for a ball. Photo: Mark Davies.

Being south coast based I am disappointed to see that Portsmouth WomenSouthampton Women and Chichester City Ladies have all been drawn away. 

New London Lionesses and AFC Wimbledon Ladies tie is the only remaining tie from the previous round yet to be decided. The Lionesses play in the Greater London Women’s Football League side and I believe they are the lowest ranked club in the round. It would be a great story if they can land a money-spinning tie against Portsmouth. Either way, the Pompey manager Jay Sadler will be keen to avoid any giant-killing shocks and will no doubt select a strong side. This competition would be a welcome distraction for Portsmouth who despite performing well this season have struggled to turn those performances into victories.

Billericay Town Ladies will be very happy with their home draw against Luton Town. Both sides play in FA Women’s National League – South East Div One, Billericay currently sit second, while Luton are bottom with just four points so far this season. This is the FA Cup of course so Nikki Baker‘s Hatters will welcome the distraction and a win in this tie could really kick-start their season. 

Check out the full draw below:

1 Sheffield FC v Nottingham Forest
2 Long Eaton United v Hull City
3 Leeds United v Doncaster Rovers Belles
4 Huddersfield Town v Bradford City
5 Sunderland v Fylde
6 Chester-Le-Street Town v Stoke City
7 Middlesbrough v Stockport County
8 Bolton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion
9 Guiseley AFC Vixens v Derby County
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers
11 Keynsham Town v C&K Basildon
12 Loughborough Foxes v Gillingham
13 Billericay Town v Luton Town
14 MK Dons v Southampton FC Women
15 New London Lionesses or AFC Wimbledon v Portsmouth
16 Oxford United v Cambridge City
17 Watford v Buckland Athletic
18 Coventry United v Plymouth Argyle
19 Crawley Wasps v Chichester City
20 Cardiff City v Queens Park Rangers Women

The second round ties are scheduled for Sunday December 2nd. Tickets for this season’s Final, which will take place on Saturday May 4th 2019, are already on sale priced £15 for adults while kids go free. Pick up your tickets from https://ticketing.thefa.com.

A reminder of what all sides are playing for. 

Stuart Barker
hellosince71@gmail.com