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Ladies back in FA Cup action on Sunday

Posted on 5 February 2016  - 15:50

Spurs Ladies are two steps away from matching their best run in the Women's FA Cup - and another chance of a crack at a Women's Super League (WSL) side.

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On Sunday (February 7), Spurs travel to Gillingham in the third round proper of the most prestigious competition in the women's game - with the final now staged at Wembley.

WSL 2 teams enter the competition at this third round stage with WSL 1 teams to follow in the fifth round.

Karen Hills' squad reached the fifth round last season where they took on Notts County at Meadow Lane. Spurs performed admirably in a 4-0 loss - it was 2-0 going in the final minutes - against a team including four players who would later help England to third place in the World Cup.

For the time being, Gillingham stand in their way of a place in the fourth round.

Spurs have been in magnificent form in cup competitions so far this term.

They remain in all four competitions - FA Cup, League Cup, Ryman Cup, Capital Cup - with eight wins and a draw in nine cup ties so far.

The draw came against West Ham last time out in the quarter-final of the Capital Cup and Spurs responded by scoring all seven penalties in the shoot-out to go through to the semi-final.

The Ryman Cup Final is already in the bag and now the focus is back on the big one.

"The FA Cup means a lot to everyone in the women's game," said manager Karen, who lifted the trophy during her playing days at Charlton.

"We loved every minute of our run to the fifth round last season and that's where we want to be again. The experience we gained by playing Notts County was invaluable and we'd all love another shot at a WSL club."

First up though it's a trip to Gillingham's Chatham Town base in the third round (2pm).

Gillingham dropped out of the FA Women's Premier League last season but they are flying again in South-East Division One with six wins in eight.

The teams also met in a goal-fest in the Ryman Cup quarter-final back in November that Spurs won 5-3.

"Gillingham have regrouped this season and they are doing really well," added Karen. "I was impressed by them in the Ryman Cup game and we know we'll have to be collectively on our game to come through again.

"The girls continue to work hard, we're in good form and winning games. They are all determined - we really want to get through."