Bradford City women looking to earn cup fillip

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Bradford City have had good radio coverage ahead of their Women’s FA Cup first qualifying-round tie against Stockport at Thackley FC on Sunday.

But the question remains as to whether it goes ahead in the light of a series of postponements over the past month or so.

A string of weather call-offs have left unbeaten City lagging behind in the race to regain the FA Women’s Premier League place they lost back in in 2000.

After some near misses, this season was looking very promising until the elements intervened.

Bradford’s best FA Cup run ended with a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Hope Powell’s Croydon in 1998.

But a win over struggling Stockport should not be beyond them, while Huddersfield Town could also progress against Leeds City Vixens at Bracken Edge.

The City A team, having lost out to the frost last week, are set to take on Rovers Foundation at Apperley Bridge in the North East Regional Women’s League.

Also in the Southern Division, Ossett Albion travel to Doncaster Belles for a bottom against top contest.

Keighley Oaks managed to beat the weather and end a seven-match losing run by securing a 4-2 win over Westella & Willerby last time out.

Kirsty Delaney (2), Sophie Gaines and an own goal lifted them off the bottom and Oaks now take on Millers Ladies at Marley.

In the West Riding County Women’s League, Cleckheaton Sporting – the only local side to play last week – lost 4-1 to third-placed Oulton in Division Three, Leanne Mitchell netting the consolation. They now host Amaranth.

Northowram play Brayton in Division Two and expect to field Amy Jackson and Kayley Moore after signing the duo from Bradford Park Avenue.

Avenue are in League Shield action against Halifax side Crossley, while Dewsbury Rangers take on Wortley, Silsden are at Skipton and Huddersfield Reserves try again to complete their tie with Wakefield.

At under-18 level, Avenue and City are hoping to complete Harrogate & District League doubles over Brighouse and Harrogate respectively.

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