Women's Preview: Ilminster vs Saints

By SFC Media time Sat 31 Oct Illminster Town vs Saints
Photo by Isabelle Field | Phoebe Williams

It’s a return to Vitality Women’s FA Cup action for Southampton FC Women this weekend, who travel to Dorset-based side Ilminster Town in the competition’s third round of qualifying.


Ilminster Town vs Saints
Vitality Women’s FA Cup (Third round qualifying)
Ilminster Town FC, Archie Gooch Pavilion
Sunday 1st November, 1pm GMT
Open to spectators, see below for details

As last week’s National League South West fixture at Maidenhead United was postponed, it’s back-to-back Women’s FA Cup games for Saints following their 11-0 second qualifying round victory at Helston Athletic.

Midfielder Rachel Panting scored four in Cornwall two weeks ago, alongside a double each for Shannon Sievwright, Ella Pusey and Alisha Ware whilst a single effort from Georgie Freeland completed the scoring.

South West Regional Women’s Football League side Ilminster currently sit third in the Premier division after winning both of their opening two games.

Last time out in the Women’s FA Cup they beat National League South West side Poole Town 4-1 in a shock result against a side who sit a division above them.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 11: Lucia Kendall of Southampton goal celebration during FAWNL match between Southampton Women and Exeter City at Snows Stadium on October 11, 2020 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Lucia Kendall and Georgie Freeland celebrate.


Spectators are allowed at the Archive Gooch Pavilion for Sunday’s game and will need to follow Ilminster Town’s protocols including completing the NHS Track & Trace form on the app.

There is no ticket fee but donations are welcome by the club from those attending the FA Cup fixture.

Parking is available at the pavilion for up to 40 cars alongside 10 designated disabled spaces.



Spacey-Cale highlighted the eagerness of her side to get back out there following last week's postponement, saying: "The players are really looking forward to getting back into action.

"This week it is back to the FA Cup. Training this week has been exceptional, high intensity, competitive and sessions where the players have been given problems for them to solve."

Southampton, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Lauren Phillips (L) and Marieanne Spacey-Cale (R) during the FAWNL match between Southampton Women and Buckland Athletic at Snows Stadium on September 27, 2020 in Southampton, United Kingdom (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Marieanne Spacey-Cale

"We go into the game vs Ilminster fully respecting an opponent who have beaten a team in a higher tier than them and who play with creativity in the final third.

"We have to be focussed on how we play but mindful on the problems our opponents will no doubt cause us.

"If the weather allows it we look forward to having our supporters in attendance as we have missed them in recent weeks."


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