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SSE Women's FA Cup - Road to the Final
Alnwick Town's excellent Cup run continued with a 1-0 victory over Redcar Town, a Georgia Thompson penalty taking them through to the Third Round Qualifying at the first attempt. Alnwick's reward is a plum one, as they have been paired with Premier League side Rotherham Utd.
Rotherham United Ladies were formed as a youth club side in 1969, originally known as Kilnhurst Shooting Starswhen women's football was a minority sport with very few clubs in the area. In the early 1970s, the club changed their name to Kilnhurst Ladies and joined the newly formed Sheffield and District Ladies Sunday League.
In 1989 the club became Millmoor Ladies. This was the first time they had links with Rotherham United. Rotherham United provided the Ladies with a team kit and match reports in the club programme. The team moved into a higher league as the FA began to develop a pyramid in women's football. They finished runners-up to Doncaster Belles in the opening season of the Yorkshire & Humberside League.
In 1999, the FA developed the current pyramid of football, with the club successfully gaining a place in the Midland Combination League, the third highest league, under the name Parkgate Ladies. In 2003, the team re-established links with Rotherham United and took their name.
During the subsequent seasons 2003 to 2006, Rotherham finished in the top three places but promotion eluded them. Success finally came in the season 2006-07 when they won the Midland Combination League, undefeated for the whole season in a new league record, and gained promotion to the FA Women's Premier League Northern Division. The club remained in this league for two seasons and unfortunately in 2009 they were relegated and went back into the Midland Combination.
In 2010-11 they once again gained promotion to the Premier League, Northern Division after only losing two games in the season but this caused them to have to play in the play-offs, when they won both the play-off games against Newcastle Ladies and Sheffield Wednesday Women. In this same season they also won the County Cup, beating Huddersfield Town in the final. In 2011-12 they had little success in the Premier Division and unfortunately were relegated back into the Midland Combination.
Since 2012, Rotherham United Ladies FC now play in the FA Women's Premier League, Midlands Division One.
The team is managed by Simon Darke with Sarah Saxon as captain. The longest serving person at the club is secretary Val Hoyle, who has been at the club since its formation. She has had a hand at everything from Chairperson through to manager. She is RULFC through and through and is an absolute credit to the club and to the game.
The squad is completely new from last season with the only players remaining being Sarah Saxon, Leanne Carter and Hollie Jary, with Sam Boulton stepping up from the Under-18s. With the squad being newly formed and all of last season's players moving on to pastures new, the team have had a little bit of a turbulent start but the manager believes they are gelling well. With a few more quality additions, hopefully their season can start to turn around.
The Community Trust and Rotherham United are now on board and give the ladies club their full support and guidance.
Alnwick Town (from): Kitty Lindley, Shaunie McFall, Amy Hately, Georgia Thompson, Jodine Crombie, Larissa Brown, Ash Grisdale, Mel Darling, Jade Barrett, Georgia Latto, Amy Lawson, Becky Robinson, Chloe Young, Jenny Patterson, Lauren Humble, Lynn Anderson.
Rotherham Utd (from): Chloe Abrahams, Amy Booth, Samantha Boulton, Leanne Carter, Lucy Drayton, Rhianna Fox, Kirsty Hadley, Rachel Hale, Samantha Hale, Libby Hallam, Rebecca Hill, Chloe Hollings, Hollie Jary, Kirsty Richardson, Catherine McDuff Viau, Cassie Oxborough, Sarah Saxon, Bryher Taylor.
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