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Ladies full of belief ahead of Villa FA Cup tie

Posted on 27 February 2016  - 10:00

Karen Hills sees Sunday's huge FA Cup tie against Aston Villa as a 'fantastic opportunity' for Spurs Ladies.


The fourth round tie has presented Spurs with one of the targets they hoped for in pre-season - a chance to take on a Women's Super League side in the FA Cup.

Wins against Swindon and Gillingham have set-up the tie against WSL 2 side Villa at Cheshunt FC (2pm). The WSL is the top level of the women's game in this country with the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal in WSL 1. Spurs play in the FA Women's Premier League, one level below WSL 2.

Already in two cup finals and unbeaten in cup competition all season, Spurs rightly fear no-one at the moment.

"Villa are still in pre-season ahead of the start of the WSL so in terms of fitness levels, it's a chance for us because we're three-quarters through our season," said manager Karen.

"We've watched video footage of Villa and this is a tough team we're up against, they will be physical and organised and there are a couple of players we'll have to watch closely.

"The players have worked hard in training and we want to showcase what we're all about in this game.

"We want the chance to compete against teams from a higher level and this is our chance to show we're not too far away.

"It's the FA Cup and anything could happen. We've already seen Premier League teams beat WSL 2 teams. We're the underdogs, so there is no pressure on us, but we're quietly confident. We know on our day we can give any team a game."



Leah Rawle has been named The SSE Women’s FA Cup Player of the Round for the second round of the competition after her performance in Spurs' 4-1 win at Swindon, where she scored twice.

"I’m thrilled to receive the award," said Leah. "It was actually my birthday weekend and to score two goals in the SSE Women’s FA Cup alongside a great team performance made it extra special. Hopefully we can continue our good run in the competition because it’s an excellent opportunity for us to show what we can do."

The award is a new initiative for The SSE Women’s FA Cup, rewarding exceptional performances in each round of the competition and recognising the talent in the women’s game.

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