14. Brighouse Town v Peterborough Northern Star

Peterborough Northern Star will travel to Brighouse Town for tie number fourteen of this year’s FA Women’s Cup first round. Brighouse Town currently play in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division One, where they sit eighth in the table, having been promoted as champions of the North East Regional League last season. One division below them, Peterborough Northern Star are fourth in the Premier Division of the East Midlands Regional League. The Cambridgeshire side will be hoping to bounce back up to the WPL at the first time of asking following their relegation from Midlands Division One in the summer.

Peterborough are no strangers to playing away from home in the FA Cup this year, having had to travel in every round of the competition so far. After receiving a walkover in the second qualifying round (having originally been drawn away to ICA Sports), they have won on the road against Histon and Kettering Town. Brighouse meanwhile have reached the first round proper by winning at Stockport County in the third qualifying round and beating Blackpool Wren Rovers at home in the fourth.

This is the second consecutive season that Northern Star have reached the first round. Last time around they were eliminated by Radcliffe Olympic at this stage, having enjoyed big wins over Hampton & Richmond Borough and Hemel Hempstead Town in the qualifying rounds. Brighouse have already gone one better than last year’s cup run, where they were stopped in the fourth qualifying round by Chester-le-Street Town.

My prediction: This should be a hard-fought encounter, with Northern Star keen to prove they’ve still got what it takes to compete with the Premier League teams. However my money is on Brighouse Town to make the most of their home field advantage and progress to the second round.

The stats

Brighouse Town (@BrighouseTLFC)

WPL, Northern Division One (level 4)
League form: w2 d3 l5 gd-5 = 8th place out of 12

2016/17 FA Cup
3Q – Stockport County (level 5) 1-2 Brighouse Town
4Q – Brighouse Town 5-0 Blackpool Wren Rovers (4)

2015/16 FA Cup 
2Q – Brighouse Town 4-0 Brighouse Athletic (7)
3Q – Brighouse Town 6-1 Winterton Rangers (6)
4Q – Chester-le-Street Town (4) 3-1 Brighouse Town

Peterborough Northern Star (@StarLadies)

East Midlands Regional League, Premier Division (level 5) 
League form: w6 d0 l2 gd+38 = 4th place out of 11

2016/17 FA Cup 
2Q – ICA Sports (level 7) w/o Peterborough Northern Star
3Q – Histon (5) 0-5 Peterborough Northern Star
4Q – Kettering Town (5) 0-3 Peterborough Northern Star

2015/16 FA Cup 
3Q – Hampton & Richmond Borough (7) 0-7 Peterborough Northern Star
4Q – Peterborough Northern Star 8-0 Hemel Hempstead Town (5)
1R – Peterborough Northern Star 1-1 (aet, 2-4 pens) Radcliffe Olympic (4)

Brighouse Town v Peterborough Northern Star, FA Cup round 1, 2016

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