Wymondham Town aim to cause further upset in FA Women’s Cup

Wymondham team Celebration following a goal from Leah Newcombe vs Thorpe, from left, Sally Hammerton

Wymondham team Celebration following a goal from Leah Newcombe vs Thorpe, from left, Sally Hammerton, Louise Hamilton-Rou, Amber Cantwell, Leah Newcombe and Rachel Cossey. - Credit: Submitted

Wymondham Town Ladies are preparing for the biggest game in their team's history, as they bid to reach the first round of the FA Women's Cup for the first time.

Leah Newcombe in action for Wymondham.

Leah Newcombe in action for Wymondham. - Credit: Submitted

The south Norfolk side have already pulled off one giant-killing during their run to the fourth qualifying round by beating Cambridge United, who play three levels higher in the women's football pyramid, 1-0 in the last round.

Now they are hoping to summon some further underdog spirit when they take on another higher-level team, Bedford, at home on Sunday.

The Northamptonshire team play in the same league as Norwich City and Lowestoft Town, South East Division One, which is three levels higher than Wymondham's league.

'There will be an element of enjoyment surrounding the game but when the girls turn up they will be completely focused on the task in hand and will treat the game will the level of respect it deserves to try and progress,' Wymondham boss Alex Guy said.

Claire Rennie in action for Wymondham.

Claire Rennie in action for Wymondham. - Credit: Submitted


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'The enjoyment will come after the game if we get the win and our name is in the hat for the next round.'

Bedford go into the game bottom of their league, having lost nine of their 11 matches so far this season, but Guy is reading little into that.

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'They play three levels above us but despite their poor form and our good form, they are still going to be a good team and very, very competitive,' he added.

'They're in the same league as Cambridge so I expect them to be quick, to move the ball well and to work together nicely. They're not in great form but it will still be very, very difficult for us.'

Guy will be without striker Laura Wiseman and wide player Gemma Sanders, as both are away with the England deaf squad, but he is confident the duo's absence will not cause a problem.

'They are both players that I signed towards the start of the season and they will be missed but this is a different squad to what I inherited at the end of last season,' Guy said.

'The squad is deeper and has more quality now, so they will be missed but there's not going to be a massive hole in the team or anything.'

The match kicks off at 1pm at Kings Head Meadow, with entry free and the clubhouse open.

Fourth qualifying round winners receive £225 in prize money, with the draw for the first round proper to be made on Monday lunchtime.

• Lowestoft are also hoping to reach the first round and host London Corinthians at Crown Meadow on Sunday (1pm).

The Trawlergirls head into their fourth qualifying round clash looking to match last year's achievement of reaching the third round proper.

Their cup run was brought to an end at that stage by a 3-0 loss at Women's Super League Two side Millwall Lionesses, having beaten Luton and won 3-2 at London Corinthians during their adventure.

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