Brighton twins face old club in FA Cup

A look ahead to the FA Cup 2nd Round matches – and another Sent Her Forward exclusive

Mollie and Rosie Kmita (Photo: Brighton & Hove Albion)

Mollie and Rosie Kmita face their old club in the FA Cup on Sunday (Photo: Brighton & Hove Albion)

Brighton’s twin wingers Mollie and Rosie Kmita are set for an early reunion with their former team-mates when the club host Spurs in the FA Women’s Cup.

The 19-year-old sisters, who joined Brighton from the London club last month, have played only one game for their new side since the double transfer, and now have the chance to dump their Premier League Southern rivals out of the cup.

They made the switch because they were finding the regular journeys back to north London from their new home in Eastbourne too demanding, but have a soft spot for the club they have always supported and joined as 11-year-olds.

The contest is one of the most high-profile of the second round, pitting fifth-placed Brighton against a Spurs side just four positions lower.

Different look

The London side beat the Seagulls 4-2 in the League Cup at the beginning of December, but their manager, Karen Hills, believes that will have little bearing on Sunday’s encounter.

“Both squads will look slightly different, with players returning to the [Women’s Super League] teams and new signings being brought in,” she told Sent her Forward.

Spurs have won their last three competitive games and four out of the last five. Hills believes a cup run can help them maintain that form.

“Every game we play is as important as the last, as we believe  it builds momentum and gives confidence to players,” she said. “We go into every game with the same attitude that we want to win and put in a good performance.”

Far from seeing the cup as a distraction, Hills, who won the competition as a player with Charlton Athletic in 2005, views it as an opportunity for her players to pit themselves against the country’s best.

FA Cup winner

“I think every club at our level would like to challenge themselves against WSL teams in the later stages of the FA Cup,” she said.

“I personally know how it feels to play in a final of the Women’s FA Cup, and I encourage every female player I come into contact with that they should want to experience it, as there is no better platform for women’s football in this country to show their talent.

“I will be urging my girls to do their very best to stay in the competition  for as long as possible.”

Brighton head coach John O’Donoghue is just relieved at the prospect of a competitive game after postponements and the Christmas break.

He told his club’s website: “I’m looking forward to getting a game, as we haven’t played for four weeks now.

“For the girls it would be great to do well in the cup, but as a coach you’re always just thinking about the next game. The more games we play the better.”

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The South East’s lowest-ranked club still in the competition, Chichester City, have an excellent chance of making the third round for the first time.

Chichester players celebrate one of their goals in a 6-0 win over Gloucester City

Chichester clinched their place in the FA Cup second round with a win over Gloucester City (Photo: Darran Stevens)

They are at home to Enfield Town, who were familiar opponents in the South East Combination until Chichester were switched to the South West division this season.

The West Sussex side are still in shock from the deduction of six points for fielding an ineligible player.

But they are still only four points off the top of the league and are unbeaten in all competitions this season – including a convincing 6-0 win over Gloucester City in the last round.

Enfield, who are sixth in their league, have not played since a 1-1 draw with Luton on December 8.

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Premier League South leaders Gillingham travel to London anxious to avoid becoming a giant-killing scalp at the hands of QPR, who are second in the South East Combination.

Both sides have scored freely this season  – 73 league goals between them already – and the Gills will be without defender Amy Taylor after she was injured playing for the Kent FA against Sussex this week.

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Portsmouth host fellow Premier League South side Keynsham Town keen to build on their promising recent run, having lost only once in their last six games in all competitions.

Fourth-placed Pompey earned a narrow 3-2 victory over the west-country side, who are currently second-to-bottom, when they met in November.

But Keynsham have played more recently, beating fellow strugglers Chesham United 5-2 in the only Premier League game to survive the bad weather last weekend.

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Lewes should be favourites, at home against another South East Combination side, Denham United.

And Charlton Athletic host MK Dons.

Keep watching Sent Her Forward for results and more details from the FA Cup matches and other local games from Sunday.

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