Ladies Set For Cup Clash

Meg Bowyer

STOKE CIY LADIES team welcome Aston Villa to Community Drive in the SSE Women’s FA Cup this afternoon, writes James Knowles.

Last weekend’s original fixture was postponed due to the weather, but Sunday’s rearranged tie will see the two teams go head-to-head for a place in the fifth round.

Stoke boast a wonderful record of 11 consecutive wins and face a Villa side who arrive on the back of a good run of form that has catapulted them into seventh position in the Championship table.

However, it’s City's sequence of victories that gives captain Meg Bowyer cause for optimism as the Potters aim to reach the fifth round for the first time in their history.

“I’m confident the girls have got the ability to cause a number of concerns for Villa,” the skipper said.

“I fully believe that on our day we are more than capable of competing in the league above, it’s just up to us to stay grounded and not let the occasion get to us.”

The home team go into the game as underdogs and are hopeful that the offer of free entry to Stoke City Season Card holders will attract a bumper attendance to Community Drive.

“It would be great to welcome a big crowd,” Bowyer said ahead of the match.

“We moved from Stone to Norton a couple of years ago to help make it more accessible to the local fans, so with this being the biggest game we have played in the last couple of years it really would give the girls a boost to see as many people as possible on the sidelines.”

Waiting for the winners will be either Loughborough Foxes or Sheffield United, with the next round scheduled for Sunday 17 February.

Entry for non-season card holders is priced at £4 adults and £1 concessions, with the match against Aston Villa kicking off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.

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