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The Vitality Women’s FA Cup First Round
Hashtag United v Southend United CSC
Southend United CSC Head Coach, April Smith, expressed her immense pride after leading the Blues to the first-round proper of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup for the first time in the clubs’ history.
Southend head to the Canvey Island’s Park Lane ground on Sunday (1pm) to face their Hashtag United counterparts in what is a historic tie for the Garon Park-based Blues
“I couldn’t be prouder of what the girls have achieved so far,” Smith told Yellow Sport.
“To equal last year and then go to stages further shows just how much work the girls have put in during that time.
“We know that it will be a tough game. Hashtag are a very good side, disciplined and performing very well this season. We are under no illusion that it will be anything other than a tough game, but if the girls concentrate and work hard then we have no pressure going into this game.
“We would love to have as much support as possible. It is the first time we have ever got into the first round of the FA Cup. We intend to go out and play the best football we can.”
Bowers & Pitsea Development v Rayleigh Town
Chelmsford City v St Clere’s
Chelmsford City plays only their second ECWFL fixture of the season but could jump above visitors’ St Clere’s by picking up three points at the Chelmsford Sports and Athletics centre.
Frontiers v Beacon Hill Rovers
Corringham Cosmos v Blackmore
Grays Athletic v Stones
Stanway Rovers v Chelmsford City Reserves
Chelmsford City Reserves travel to Stanway Rovers. The last meeting saw Rovers come out on top in the first round of fixtures. This could be an important fixture in the fight for Division One survival.
Tigers v Hutton Reserves
Hutton Ladies Reserves make the short trip to Rainham for their first encounter of the season against Tigers 1st. Hutton will travel with a full complement of players looking to consolidate and build on their current decent form.
Aveley v Great Bradfords
Great Bradfords meet Aveley for the second time this season, with Bradfords looking to get back to winning ways after three weeks off.
Great Bradfords are looking to make up ground having lost top spot to Pegasus during the break. The reverse fixture saw Bradfords walk away with the three points following a 4-1 victory at Panfield Bell.
FC Clacton v Corinthians
Halstead Town v Southminster United
Stanway Pegasus v Broomfield