4. Stoke City v Liverpool Marshall Feds

Stoke City of the WPL Northern Division will host Liverpool Marshall Feds of Division One North in tie number 4 of the FA Women’s Cup first round proper.

Stoke are currently sitting in the bottom half of the league table, with three wins, three draws and four defeats so far this season, and along with the other teams in their division are making their first appearance in this season’s FA Cup at the first round stage. Liverpool Feds, who are currently in fourth place in Northern Division One, meanwhile already have two games under their belt in this year’s competition.

They began in the 3rd qualifying round with a 4-0 away win over near neighbours Mossley Hill, avenging their defeat to them in the first round proper last year, and followed that up with a convincing 7-1 victory over Warrington Wolverines of the North East Regional League.

The teams met in a pre-season friendly back in August which Stoke won 3-2, although Liverpool Feds were missing a number of first team players.

My prediction: This is a tough one to call, but I’m going to go for a Stoke win. It certainly won’t be an easy game for them though.

The stats

Stoke City (@StokeCityLFC)

WPL, Northern Division (level 3)
League form: w3 d3 l4 gd-2 = 7th place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup
Entered at first round proper

2015/16 FA Cup
2R – Whitley Bay (level 5) 0-2 Stoke City
3R – Everton (2) 7-0 Stoke City

Liverpool Marshall Feds (@LiverpoolFeds)

WPL, Northern Division One (level 4)
League form: w4 d2 l2 gd+12 = 4th place out of 12

2016/17 FA Cup
3Q – Mossley Hill (level 4) 0-4 Liverpool Marshall Feds
4Q – Liverpool Marshall Feds 7-1 Warrington Wolverines (6)

2015/16 FA Cup
3Q – Liverpool Marshall Feds 2-1 Chorley (4)
4Q – Middlesbrough (4) 1-3 Liverpool Marshall Feds
1R – Mossley Hill (4) 2-1 Liverpool Marshall Feds

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