Bassett handed away tie in FA Women’s Cup

Friday 03 August 2018 - by Stuart Smedley (Updated on 03 August 2018 at 15:16)

Royal Wootton Bassett Town Ladies will travel to either Warsash Wasps or Bournemouth Sports in the SSE Women's FA Cup first qualifying round.

Competing in the most prestigious national women's cup knockout tournament for the seventh year in a row, Bassett will be searching for only their second ever win in the competition, their only triumph coming back in 2013-14 when they defeated Cheltenham Civil Service 1-0 in the preliminary round.

In the four seasons since then, the Ladies have been knocked out at the earliest opportunity, with a 5-2 home loss against AFC Bournemouth last year.

Standing in their way of progression this time around will be either Southern Region Women's League Premier Division Warsash Wasps or Hampshire County Women's League Division One outfit Bournemouth Sports.

Like Bassett, Warsash finished runners-up in the league during their first season at step six of the women's football pyramid. And that was enough for them to secure promotion too. The Hampshire-based side also had success in the FA Women's Cup. In only their second participation in the competition, they defeated higher level opposition in the form of Ilminster Town in the first qualifying round before succumbing to defeat against Winchester City Flyers.

Bournemouth, meanwhile, finished fifth in the Hampshire County Women's League Division One. The step seven side pulled off an upset in the Women's Cup as well, prevailing 3-1 against step five Keynsham Town Development before narrowly losing 2-1 against Bassett's league rivals FC Chippenham in the second qualifying round.

They will face off in the preliminary round on Sunday 26th August. The winners will then play Bassett in their first qualifying round tie a week later on Sunday 2nd September, with the victors of that match set to receive £375 in prize money as well as a second qualifying round place.

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