Following the 2-1 victory on Sunday just gone (January 7, 2018), on the road at Newcastle United Women, it’s a home draw next in the SSE Women’s FA Cup for TNS Ladies.
Making history by appearing in the third round for the first time, Andy Williams’ side go one better as Chichester City Ladies visit Park Hall next month.
The Sussex side beat Luton Town Ladies 2-0 in the last round, with both goals coming in the final five minutes. Playing in the FA Women’s Premier League (FAWPL) Southern Division, they are one step higher than TNS Ladies who are in the FAWPL Midlands Division 1.
In a league that contains the likes of Crystal Palace Ladies, Queens Park Rangers Ladies and West Ham United Ladies, Chichester currently sit sixth in a twelve team set-up. With nineteen points from thirteen games, they have won five, drawn four and lost four with a goal difference of +7.
The tie scheduled for Sunday, February 4 with a 12.00 noon kick-off will be the first time that the sides will have met in a competitive fixture.
We caught up with TNS Ladies’ manager, Andy Williams, to get his thoughts on the draw. First of all, we asked him if he was pleased: “We are happy with the draw, yes, happy because it is a home tie, which means we get the opportunity to reward our fans with a chance to share the moment and the local cup fever!” he answered.
Then, regarding Chichester City Ladies, what did he know about the upcoming opponents, to which he replied: “Having run away with their league last year they now sit a tier above us in the women’s pyramid, so they are obviously a dangerous opponent.”
Our information gathering process about their preferred formation and playing style is already well under way. They are a progressive club, so there is actually quite a lot of information out there if you know where to look.”
It’s going to be a tough game for TNS Ladies, but is it realistically winnable?
“Every side left in the competition at this stage deserves the right to be there. Chichester have to be favourites based on league standings; we are under no illusions how difficult a tie it will be. As the only remaining side from our division, our intention is to showcase our league and do our best as its representatives to come out the other side as victors.”
Finally, as a manager who is always appreciate of the support that TNS Ladies get, we asked him to give a message to the fans: “As I said just, I think it is a great opportunity for those who regularly follow us to see some SSE FA Women’s Cup action but we would love to grow our following, so I encourage anyone with an interest to come and get behind the Ladies.”
We will be bringing you more news and updates on the upcoming game. As they say, watch this space.
Photograph courtesy of the FA / SSE Women’s FA Cup.