IT will be a case of second and third time lucky for Bradford City Women tomorrow, as they hope to finally play two cup games that have been blighted by the weather.

The first team’s FA Women's National League Plate tie against Leeds United was postponed last Sunday due to standing water at Eccleshill United’s ground, which also led to the Eagles cancelling two of their own games.

Meanwhile, City’s Reserves will hope to finally get their Reserve Cup match against Durham played at Rawdon Meadows, having originally been scheduled for the last weekend in September.

Since Steve Winterburn's departure, City have been knocked out of the Women’s FA Cup, with a 5-1 defeat away at fellow Division One North side Barnsley, and suffered a 4-0 loss in driving rain and wind under the lights at Brighouse last Thursday.

Caretaker manager Charlotte Stuart has stepped in at short notice to oversee first team matters, with the support of coaching staff Dan Nicol, James Wright and Jordan Hartley, while the club actively recruit for Winterburn’s replacement.

The committee will be keen to bring the right person in as soon as possible, with plenty of time to turn the team’s poor early season form around before the winter break from mid-December.

Providing the Leeds game goes ahead tomorrow, City’s first team will then have two weeks off, while the Reserves will travel to Brighouse and then host Leeds United U23s in the Reserve Cup group stages.

Once the new manager is in place, the committee’s next task will be the recruitment of a new chairperson and treasurer.

Sally Thackray returned after the briefest of retirements to cover following Mark Hird’s departure, but has made it clear that she will be looking to hand the reins over by the New Year.

Treasurer Allyson Matthews is also ready to step down after a number of years at the club. Her daughter Rosie McDonnell is a former City winger, who combines her role in the Royal Navy with playing for Portsmouth Women.

The club are still on the look out for sponsors for the season, from individual players to a kit sponsor.

With the team being fully amateur, sponsorship is vital in providing funding for everything from players’ matchday kit, through to the training facilities and travel costs to away games.

For more details, please contact club secretary Matthew Kermode on