Ladies to host Cherries in FA Women’s Cup
Sunday 20 August 2017 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 20 August 2017 at 14:19)
Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies have been a handed a plum home tie against AFC Bournemouth in the SSE FA Women's Cup first qualifying round.
The tie against the Premier League Cherries' Ladies side will take place on Sunday 3rd September at the Gerard Buxton Sports Ground (2pm kick off).
Bassett, who enjoyed an extremely successful season last year, securing promotion to the South West Women's Football League Eastern Division and winning the Gordon Perrett Memorial Cup, will be hoping to end a three-year winless run in the national competition.
Last season they suffered a 3-1 defeat after extra time against AEK Boco.
Their only win in the competition, meanwhile, came in 2013-14 when they defeated Cheltenham Civil Service 1-0 in the preliminary round.
Bournemouth, like Bassett, will be competing in the sixth tier of women's football for the first time this season after they finished third in the Hampshire County Women's Football League. That secured them a place in the Southern Region Women's Football League Division One South.
Last season they exited the FA Women's Cup at the second qualifying round stage, losing 1-0 to New Milton Town.
The winners of the tie will visit either Eastleigh or Torquay United in the second qualifying round, to be played on Sunday 17th September.
Eastleigh finished runners-up – a place above Bournemouth – in the Hampshire League in 2016-17 and will also be making their step six debut this coming season. They are entering the Women's Cup for the first time this year.
Torquay, meanwhile, ply their trade in the South West Women's League Premier Division – the level directly above Bassett. They finished fifth in the league last year, and reached the third – and final - qualifying round of the Women's Cup where they lost 4-2 to Brislington.
The Devon side reached the third qualifying round previously in 2014-15, where they fell by the same score to Swindon Town.
FA Women's Cup First Qualifying Round – Royal Wootton Bassett Town v AFC Bournemouth (Sunday 3rd September)
FA Women's Cup Second Qualifying Round – Eastleigh or Torquay United v Royal Wootton Bassett Town or AFC Bournemouth (Sunday 17th September)