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WSL Villa next for Spurs Ladies in FA Cup

Posted on 8 February 2016  - 16:00

Spurs Ladies have had their wish granted in the Women's FA Cup.

Toni-Anne WayneAlex Keown

After coming through a tough third round tie at Gillingham on Sunday, Spurs will get a crack at a Women's Super League team after being drawn against WSL 2 side Aston Villa in round four.

It will be the first meeting between the teams with the tie scheduled for Cheshunt FC on Sunday, February 28 (2pm).

"We can't wait for this one," said manager Karen Hills."It's a great tie, at home, a WSL 2 club and the players are up for it.

"We wanted all along to play a WSL team in the FA Cup so this is our chance to show what we can do."

Villa - mid-table in WSL 2 last season - beat Portsmouth 1-0 in the third round on Sunday.

Below: Bianca Baptiste

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BIANCA'S GOAL BEATS GILLS

Bianca Baptiste's free-kick proved decisive as Spurs Ladies came through a testing Women's FA Cup third round tie at Gillingham on Sunday.

Played in blustery conditions at Chatham Town, Baptiste struck in the 10th minute and that was the only goal of the game.

"Bianca scored an absolute worldy of a free-kick that went like an arrow into the top corner," reported Karen.

"The conditions played a huge part. We played with the wind in the first half, created chances, were slightly hesitant at times in front of goal but their goalkeeper made a number of saves to keep them in the game. Josie Green had one cleared off the line, Avilla Bergin and Rosie Kmita also went close.

"In the second half, against the wind, we defended really well and kept chances to a minimum.

"Alex Keown made one fantastic last-ditch tackle as their player threatened to go through one-on-one and Toni-Anne Wayne made a couple of decent saves.

"We had chances as well - Lucia Leon fired just over - but the bottom line is that we got the job done."

Spurs Ladies v Gillingham: Toni-Anne Wayne, Mollie Kmita (Sydney Hinchcliffe 83), Alex Keown, Jenna Schillaci, Leah Rawle, Josephine Green, Lucia Leon, Sophie McLean, Bianca Baptiste, Avilla Bergin (Wendy Martin 75), Rosie Kmita (Ri Soobadoo 70). Substitute (unused): Shannon Moloney.

UP FOR THE CUPS

Spurs Ladies remain alive in all four cup competitions.

As well as making it through to the fourth round of the FA Cup, they have reached the final of the Ryman Cup (see below), the semi-final of the Capital Cup and the quarter-final of League Cup.

Spurs are scheduled to play Camden Town Ladies in the Capital Cup at Cheshunt FC on Sunday week (February 21) while the League Cup quarter-final has been pencilled in for Sunday, March 6, also at Cheshunt FC.

RYMAN CUP FINAL DATE

A date for the diary - the Ryman Cup Final against Charlton will be played at Cheshunt FC on Thursday, April 14 (7.30pm).

WEST HAM AT UPTON PARK

West Ham have confirmed that our FA Women's Premier League South match will be played at Upton Park on Tuesday, March 8.

Tickets for this match are £5 adults/£1 children - available HERE...