Ladies Team Eyeing FA Cup Progress

Moors Ladies face a huge game at The Brewery Field on Sunday as they play host to Wakefield with a place in the First Round Proper of the Women’s FA Cup up for grabs (2pm kick-off).

Ponteland United were beaten 1-0 by Billy Shackleton’s side in the last round and now they square up to their opponents from West Yorkshire with a place in Round One at stake.

Moors will be keen to get back on track on Sunday after suffering their first NERWFL Premier Division defeat against Sunderland West End a fortnight ago before being knocked out of the County Cup by South Shields last time out.

Now Shackleton will hope that the incentive of continued involvement in the FA Cup can help his side return to their best form at The Brewery Field.

“It’s been a tough few weeks for us,” he admitted.

“Results haven’t been brilliant over the last two Sundays and we’ve got a pretty long injury list to contend with at the moment too, though hopefully we’ll get one or two back this weekend.

“The FA Cup is a massive competition for us and we are excited by the prospect of being a game away from reaching the First Round Proper – that would be massive for us.

“However, Wakefield isn’t an easy draw. They’re a good side so we’ll have to be prepared to battle for everything we get on Sunday but we’re all really looking forward to the challenge.”

Centre-back Neve Jackson, who scored the winner against Ponteland, is out of this weekend’s tie through injury and winger Beth Enguita is still recovering from an ankle problem so won’t feature.

Skipper Alex Saunders and Drew Seymour are both set to miss the game too, though Meg Foster is in contention after being forced off through injury last week and it’s also hoped that Autumn Colledge, Coral Colledge and Katy Hemmingway will all be fit for selection.

Sunday’s game will be the third occasion this season when Moors Ladies have played at The Brewery Field and they would love your support in this huge FA Cup game if you can get there.

Admission is just £3 for adults and free for Under-12s. The Neil Adams Sports Bar will be also be open for business throughout the afternoon.

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