As we continue with our preview of the second round of this year’s Women’s FA Cup, we reach the ninth tie drawn: C & K Basildon versus Keynsham Town.
Basildon currently sit exactly halfway down (or halfway up, if you prefer) the WPL Southern Division table with four wins and two draws from their twelve games played. Meanwhile, in South West Division One Keynsham are slightly nearer the top of the standings – their five wins from nine games puts them in fourth place.
Both teams performed strongly in their respective county cups last season. C&K Basildon are the reigning Essex Women’s Cup champions (and are due to begin their defence of that title next week) and Keynsham were runners-up to Larkhall Athletic in the Somerset Women’s Senior Cup. At the national level though things have proved a little tougher for Basildon. They fell at the first hurdle in last season’s FA Cup, thanks to a defeat to Coventry United in the second round, and they were also eliminated in the second round of the WPL Cup both this season and last.
Keynsham seem to have become WPL Plate specialists over the last couple of seasons. They reached the semi-finals last season, and were knocked out at the quarter-final stage this year. They have put together some decent FA Cup runs over the past couple of seasons too.
As far as recent form goes, both teams have played twice since their FA Cup first round wins, and both teams have lost twice. C&K played two league matches against Coventry United in the weeks preceding Christmas and were on the receiving end of 3-0 and 6-0 scorelines. Keynsham were knocked out of the WPL Plate by Leicester City Women (3-2 after extra time) and then suffered a 5-0 defeat to Chichester City in the league.
My prediction: As recently as 2015 C&K Basildon would have been the underdogs for this game, but since their promotion, and Keynsham’s relegation, that year the tables have turned. That being said, Keynsham have a squad containing several players with WSL experience and even a couple of former internationals, and have beaten Southern Division opposition this season in the WPL plate, so they are a threat that Basildon won’t be taking lightly. Basildon will still be considered favourites for this game, but I’ve got a sneaking suspicion we might see an upset here. I’m picking Keynsham to win.
C&K Basildon (@CKBasildon)
WPL, Southern Division (level 3)
League form: w4 d2 l6 gd-11 = 6th place out of 11
2016/17 FA Cup
1R – Acle United (level 5) 0-2 C&K Basildon
2015/16 FA Cup
2R – C&K Basildon 0-2 Coventry United (3)
Keynsham Town (@_KTLFC)
FA Women’s Premier League, South West Division One (level 4)
League form: w5 d1 l3 gd+14 = 4th place out of 12
2016/17 FA Cup
3Q – Buckland Athletic (level 6) 2-3 Keynsham Town
4Q – Chichester City (4) 1-2 Keynsham Town
1R – Regents Park Rangers (6) 1-6 Keynsham Town
2015/16 FA Cup
3Q – Keynsham Town 6-2 Cheltenham Town (4)
4Q – Keynsham Town 5-0 Maidenhead United (4)
1R – Chichester City (4) 6-0 Keynsham Town