Contingency plans in place for Bradford City's Women's FA Cup tie

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Contingency plans in place for Bradford City's Women's FA Cup tie Contingency plans in place for Bradford City's Women's FA Cup tie

After the postponement of yet another Women's FA Cup tie, the Football Association and West Riding County FA are moving fast to try and resolve a mounting fixture backlog for Bradford City and other clubs caught up in the complications caused by the weather.

City's third-round game with Southern Premier League leaders Cardiff City was set for Thackley on Sunday, but it has now been switched to Eccleshill United.

But in the event of a late cancellation, all parties have agreed to the possibility of relocating to Rawdon Meadows at Apperley Bridge.

City women's' head coach Steve Winterburn says: "We do have two key players away this week who would have been available for the original date, but have adequate replacements in our squad.

"We'll have a game-plan as always and, though Cardiff are favourites, we are confident we can force a surprise result."

The winners of this tie will be at home in the fourth round on Sunday, March 16 to London Bees. The Bees beat Leeds United 3-1 in their delayed third-round tie.

Whatever happens in the Cardiff game this weekend, City are back in action on Tuesday night when they take on Leeds City Vixens in a quarter final of the the County FA Women's Cup.

To ease the fixture chaos, this game has been arranged to go ahead under the lights at Woodhouse Grove School on the 3G pitch (8.00).

One game that did go ahead last week was City A team's West Riding County Women's League Shield tie when Third Division leaders City beat their third Division Two opposition as goals from Ellie Rockett, Chelsey Faulkner, Kath Connell and Lucy Turner earned a 5-0 win over Dewsbury Rangers.

It is back to league action for City A on Sunday when Crossley are due to visit Rawdon Meadows.

 

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