12. Norton & Stockton Ancients v Hull City

Tie number 12 pairs together Norton & Stockton Ancients of the North East Regional League Premier Division and Hull City of the Women’s Premier League, Northern Division One.

The Ancients suffered the indignity of relegation last season, dropping out of the WPL after finishing bottom of the league with eight points from twelve games. They appear to be bouncing back strongly however with a 100% win record in the league so far this season, three points off the top of the table with three games in hand. The Tigresses are also doing well in the league this season, currently sitting in third place in the table, one position higher than where they finished in the previous campaign.

Norton & Stockton Ancients have made it into the first round of the cup by beating Carlisle United, FC United of Manchester and Penrith in the qualifying stages. Hull meanwhile defeated South Shields and Leeds Ladies to reach the current round.

Prior to the Ancients’ relegation last season they competed in the same division as Hull. The Tigresses completed a league double over Norton & Stockton in 2015/16, winning 6-0 at home in November and 3-1 in Norton in March.

My prediction: Norton & Stockton may have the home advantage, and impeccable form in the league, but I think Hull will be too strong for them.

The stats

Norton & Stockton Ancients (@NortonLadies)

North East Regional League, Premier Division (level 5)
League form: w7 d0 l0 gd+14 = 2nd place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup
2Q – Norton & Stockton Ancients 7-0 Carlisle United (level 6)
3Q – Norton & Stockton Ancients 2-1 FC United of Manchester (6)
4Q – Penrith (6) 0-4 Norton & Stockton Ancients

2015/16 FA Cup

Hull City (@HullCityLFC)

WPL, Northern Division One (level 4)
League form: w6 d0 l2 gd+10 = 3rd place out of 12

2016/17 FA Cup
3Q – Hull City 4-2 (aet) South Shields (6)
4Q – Hull City 6-0 Leeds (4)

2015/16 FA Cup
3Q – Hull City 1-1 (aet, 4-5 pens) Tranmere Rovers (4)

Norton & Stockton Ancients v Hull City in the FA Women's Cup

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