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Jenna aiming for FA Cup glory

Posted on 6 January 2016  - 10:05

It's FA Cup Sunday at Spurs - as the first team take on Leicester at the Lane, Spurs Ladies take their first steps in the Women's FA Cup at Swindon.

Spurs Ladies pictured training at Hotspur Way this weekAmy Cooper on the ball as Spurs Ladies train at Hotspur Way

The team matched their best-ever run in the competition last season before going out valiantly at Women's Super League 1 side Notts County in the fifth round.

Notts County fielded four players that day - Alex Greenwood, Laura Bassett, Carly Telford and Ellen White - who were part of the England squad that finished third in last summer's World Cup.

Jenna Schillaci proudly wore the captain's armband at Meadow Lane and she's hoping for the same again this time around...

First of all, how important is the Women's FA Cup for the club?
Jenna:
"It is very important to us. It’s a great chance to test ourselves against some of the best teams and players in the country. We had a great run last season and will be looking to do the same this season and get even further!"

How special is the FA Cup in women’s football?
Jenna: "Anything can happen in the FA Cup and I think that’s why it’s so special. Last season, the final was at Wembley for the first time ever, which shows you how far the women’s game has come."

Below: Spurs Ladies at Meadow Lane last season

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What do you know about Swindon?
Jenna: "Swindon have had a very good season so far (they are unbeaten in Premier League South-West 1) and will be high in confidence so we're expecting a tough match on Sunday. The girls have been training hard this week and are feeling confident that we can go to Swindon, get the job done and be in the hat for the next round of the FA Cup."

The team matched our best-ever run last season and played WSL1 side Notts County. What are the hopes this time around?
Jenna: "Yes, last season’s FA Cup run was amazing and to play against a WSL1 side at Meadow Lane in front of a big crowd is an experience we will never forget. The girls are hungry to experience that success again so the aim is to get a good cup run going and to compete against WSL teams."

Finally, where do you see the team at the moment?
Jenna: "After a successful season last season, we have kept the same squad and added some quality new players to the team. We have been playing well for the first part of the season but have dropped points against the top teams which has been frustrating, as we have been playing some very good football. We are still involved in four cups, so we are definitely aiming for silverware and to improve on last year’s league position (fifth). The team is full of confidence and belief and raring to go for the second part of the season!"

Spurs Ladies take on Swindon in the second round of the SSE Women's FA Cup at Shrivenham FC on Sunday (2pm).