PREVIEW: SSE Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round – Lewes Community Football Club

PREVIEW: SSE Women’s FA Cup Fourth Round

Women's football news

Keynsham Town LFC v Lewes FC Women

Sunday 4th February

The last time these clubs met in the league, Sunday 15th
March 2015, they shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at the Dripping Pan. Rebecca
Thompson and Kim Stenning scored for Lewes.

Bex is one of only three players in the current Lewes Squad
heading to the AJN Stadium. Katie McIntyre and Tash Wells are the other two.
Likewise, only three Keynsham players survive from that match. Justine Lorton,
Christina Vega Leandro and Andreea Alexandru.

Formed in their current guise in 1998, Keynsham have historically
attracted players from nearby Bath and Bristol Universities. When the club reached the quarter-finals of
the Premier League
 for the
first time in 2009–10, the squad named for the 4–0 defeat to Arsenal contained nine different nationalities.
The current squad contains players eligible to play for 8 different countries,
including England Scotlan, Wales, Brazil, USA and Serbia.

 Lorton and Vega Leandro each scored in Town’s 8-1 dismissal
of Brislington in the previous round. In the FAWPL South West division,
Keynsham are second, level on points with Plymouth Argyle, both behind runaway
leaders Southampton Women. Last time out, Keynsham put ten past Swindon Town in
the FAWPL plate, but, like Lewes, they have seen recent matches fall foul of
the weather.

 Lewes are going well in three cup competitions, which is
just as well as they’ve not played a league match since the end of November. In
the last round of the FA Cup, another long away trip, the Rookettes overcame a
familiar foe, beating Huddersfield Town 2-1.

 The 5-1 win over Pompey at the Pan earned John Donoghue’s
side an away trip to Charlton in the FAWPL Cup quarter finals, and last
Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion Dev Squad secured a final
spot in the Sussex FA Cup in March.

 Whilst the manager is keen to get back to league business,
he is more than happy with a cup run or two.

 ‘Losing out on a home match v QPR last week was frustrating.
I know how hard everyone at the club worked to get that on, but given the
conditions we respect the decision to call it. 

 I’ve been impressed with Keynsham’s form. They and Plymouth
are not only going well in the league, they have knocked out so-called higher
opposition along the way in the cups. That they are still a way behind
Southampton but, shows the strength in that division. We won’t be taking them

 It’s another long trip for our players. We’re getting used to
that, and hopefully we can repeat our recent away-day success and continue in
this competition.’

 AJN Stadium, Bristol
Road, Keynsham, Somerset BS31 2BE 
Kick off: 2pm