PREVIEW | Can the FA Cup dream continue?

It's been a record-breaking season in the Women's FA Cup for Southampton Women's this year, well in modern history anyway.

The eight-times winners find themselves in the Fourth Round after five wins with semi-professional side Crystal Palace standing in the way.

While the Reds dominated the competition back in the 1970s and 80s the recent history has seen Southampton only reach the Second Round, until this season.

Aaron Smith's side have shocked people in the last two rounds beating National League Premier Division sides Milton Keynes Dons and then West Bromwich Albion.

The latest was against the Baggies at the start of the month Erin Bloomfield netting twice to guide Southampton to a 3-1 win, Jane Yeates scoring the third.

It is form that has replicated much of the league form with the team sitting second in the National League Division One South West.

Just the one defeat at the half-way stage keeps the side in contention for the title but it's the FA Cup where the team have been creating the most headlines.

Tomorrow's opposition, Crystal Palace, ply their trade in the Championship and are backed by their male counterparts who play in the Barclays Premier League.

This is Palace's second season in Tier 2 following their successful licence bid two years ago.

However, it hasn't been plain sailing for Dean Davenports Eagles who are currently second from bottom, the same place they finished in their debut campaign.

They won three games in all competitions this season and are currently on a run of nine games without a win, their last was back in October against London Bees.

Despite their own form they will prove to be strong opponents and the team has strengthened in the last two months with four new signs plus Aoife Hurley penned a new deal.

Amber Stobbs, Amber Gaylor, Siobhan Wilson and Amy Taylor have all joined the Eagles to bolster the squad.

It will be the toughest test yet for Smith's side who will be looking to pull off a third cup upset this term.



Southampton host Crystal Palace at The Bypass Ground, Romsey on Sunday, January 26th.

The gates are open from 12:30pm and fans can purchase their tickets on the gate if they haven't bought them online in advance. Season tickets are not valid for this game and all sponsors will have been contacted prior to the match.

All fans who have purchased online tickets will need to bring the e-ticket with them and these would have been emailed to you following purchase.

In addition, fans can purchase our 20-page matchday programme for just £1 on the day plus the FA Cup trophy will be present for photos from 12:40pm inside the Romsey clubhouse.


Adults £4

Concessions £2

Under-16s free

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