Buck­land Ladies face Wat­ford in FA Cup

Western Morning News (Saturday) - - Sport - BY LEE HALL

Buck­land Ath­letic ladies have the big­gest game in their short but suc­cess­ful his­tory when they travel to Wat­ford for the se­cond round proper of the Women’s FA Cup to­mor­row af­ter­noon.

It will be a tough game for the Women’s Pre­mier League Di­vi­sion One South West team – but one man­ager Grant Fisher and his team are hugely ex­cited about.

Wat­ford were de­moted last sea­son to the FA Women’s Na­tional League – tier three in the pyra­mid – fol­low­ing the re­struc­tur­ing of women’s foot­ball in Eng­land.

The side boasts a plethora of women’s foot­ball stars, in­clud­ing Wales in­ter­na­tional and for­mer Arse­nal and Chelsea striker He­len Ward, so it prom­ises to be a huge chal­lenge for Buck­land – but one which they will rel­ish.

Fisher said: “Buck­land ver­sus Wat­ford in the FA Cup sounds re­ally un­usual and a lit­tle sur­real – but the play­ers have earned this.

“It’s the big­gest game we have had since we formed three years ago. It’s cer­tainly the big­gest gap be­tween clubs in the se­cond round, too – but that won’t faze us.

“If we beat them it would be one of the big­gest up­sets in the FA Cup, and while we will go there and en­joy it, we are go­ing to give it ev­ery­thing.

“It will be an up­hill bat­tle, you only have to look at the bud­gets. They have one and we don’t!”

Buck­land’s play­ers – with an av­er­age age of 22 – will travel to Lon­don to­day, and train on Tot­ten­ham Hot­spur’s ladies’ train­ing pitch.

Fisher said: “We will pre­pare in the best pos­si­ble way. We will train the day be­fore the game, and we will go there with a game plan.

“If get beat play­ing the way we like to play then so be it – but we will do our own thing and go for it.”

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