Herne Bay return to scene of cup triumph

Herne Bay captain Rachel Tracy lifts the cup with SECWL secretary Greg Petts

Herne Bay won the SECW League Cup at Three Bridges in April

Herne Bay have another chance to kill a giant in the second qualifying round of the FAW Cup after being drawn away to Crawley Wasps.

It was at Wasps’ Three Bridges ground last season that Bay beat higher opposition to win the South East Counties Women’s League Cup, on their way to a second successive promotion-and-cup double.

And on October 12 they will return to the scene of that glorious day, when they beat Bexhill United – then of the SECWL Premier Division – for what could prove to be another cup fairy tale.

Anthony Deer’s side, who now lead the Premier Division themselves following promotion, meet a Wasps side well established in the London & South East Regional Women’s League, which is on the next tier of the women’s winter pyramid.

Wasps currently lie fifth in the L&SERWL, having made an inconsistent start to the new season. But they possess a blend of young and experienced players, many of whom are no strangers to the FAW Cup.

Their Kent opponents, who beat fellow SECWL side Anchorians in the first qualifying round, are taking part in only their second FAW Cup campaign and will make club history if they knock out Crawley to reach the third qualifying round.

‘Anything can happen’

Manager Anthony Deer told Sent Her Forward: “Any away draw in a cup competition is difficult. Playing a team higher in stature will be tough, but I’m sure we will go there and try our hardest.

“Anything can happen in football.”

See also: First qualifying round news

The cup draw also threw up a potential cracker between two of the front-runners in this season’s London & South East Regional League – London Corinthians, who are third, host Fulham Foundation, currently second.

The league leaders, Carshalton Athletic, host Maidstone United, who are sixth, and Eastbourne Town, who have won just one of their five league games so far, are at home to Parkwood Rangers, from the division below.

Eastbourne beat Parkwood’s league rivals Burgess Hill 7-0 on Sunday to earn the home tie. But they won’t under-estimate the Kent side after they knocked out Aylesford, from the L&SERW League.

FAW Cup 2nd Qualifying Round draw (part):

AFC Wimbledon Development v Dartford Royals
Carshalton Athletic v Maidstone United
Crawley Wasps v Herne Bay
Eastbourne Town v Parkwood Rangers
London Corinthians v Fulham Foundation
Long Lane v Brentford
Maidenhead United v Old Actonians

Matches to be played on October 12.

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