Acle United part of quartet of area’s clubs dreaming of reaching Wembley in Women’s FA Cup

11:00 10 October 2015

Acle Ladies before their debut in the Women

Acle Ladies before their debut in the Women's FA Cup against Huntingdon Town last month. Picture: RICHARD GILES


Little Acle United will pit their wits against Luton Town as part of an awesome foursome looking to secure Women’s FA Cup victories.

The small market town’s ladies side, formed in 2009, have won two matches already having entered the competition for the first time and take on the Hatters at Stockwood Park Athletics Stadium tomorrow (2pm) in the third qualifying round.

Like their counterparts at Wymondham, Lowestoft Town and Norwich City they’re dreaming of success as they eye a lengthy run that could eventually culminate in a fairytale Wembley final.

“We are one of the smaller clubs in the competition, especially when you think of the level our men’s first team play (Anglian Combination Premier Division, Step 11 of men’s national system). So to get one of the big teams is a dream for Acle,” said vice-chairman Richard Giles.

“It’s going to be a good way to see how far we’ve come in a short space of time which is why we wanted to play a team from a higher league. The players know it’s going to be difficult but they’re confident.”

The county cup holders compete a level below Women’s Premier League South East Division Luton. Their task is less daunting than that of Norfolk Division One Wymondham who host a team three tiers above them.

Boss Alex Guy, who wasn’t in charge last season when the club lost 4-1 at the same stage to the U’s, said: “The occasion got to the players last season. It was more ‘oh my god, we’re playing Cambridge’ than worrying about ourselves. This time, if you speak to the girls, they’re more focused on what we’re doing.

“From the outside it would be a massive upset if we won but if I’m honest I’d be disappointed if we didn’t. If we play to the level I know we can and come out well in the first 10 to 15 minutes I think Cambridge are going to be in for a real shock.”

Premier South East Norwich host lower-level Marlow while same-league Lowestoft travel to higher-tier QPR.

Winners will pocket £200 prize money and progress to the final qualifying stage.

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