Spacey-Cale on FA Cup hopes

By SFC Media Wed 07 Nov Womens Team
Photo by James Bridle | Marieanne Spacey-Cale

An FA Cup winner herself, Marieanne Spacey-Cale knows all too well the trials and tribulations that come with the most historic cup competition that English football is able to boast.

Spacey-Cale's side take on Poole Town Ladies, of the league above, in Sunday's first round tie, and there's no denying the elevated excitement levels in the build up to a knockout cup tie for her young squad.

Southampton FC Women remain unbeaten this season, but the former England international knows that form doesn't necessarily ring true in the FA Cup, and is preparing her side for a tougher test than usual.

"The FA Cup has got a huge history in the women's game. The girls are of course excited about it," she explains.

"We've had to work to get here, winning four qualifying rounds, and now we're playing a team in the tier above us so it's a big challenge, and a marker to see how far we've come in the past 12 weeks.

"Both teams will want to be in the draw on the Monday morning. We'll never go into a game underestimating the opposition.

"What we want is the girls to be developing every game they play, learning from every game and taking the standards, on the pitch and off it, to the next level.

"Youngsters have no fear. I just want this squad to showcase the talent they've got.

"There's a shiver down the spine when you know it's an FA Cup weekend. I had a lot of success as a player, but also a lot of heartache. So I just want my players to embrace it, and give everything they can."

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