Legends of the game Doncaster Belles will take on South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield in the fourth round of the Women’s FA Cup.
Belles, relegated from Women’s Super League 1 last year, will have a tough job on their hands – playing their opponents at the Home of Football, where the laws of the game were first written down.
The WSL2 sides enter the competition at this stage, as Durham face Everton, Aston Villa travel to Coventry, Millwall Lionesses line up against Nottingham Forest and new girls Brighton visit Tottenham. In the only all-Premier League clash, West Brom face Leicester.
And there’s a new arrival for Arsenal Ladies – but it’s not a signing ready for the new season.
I’m delighted to announce https://t.co/Tgi2FkRQ8P
— Kelly Smith MBE (@kelly_smith10) February 3, 2017
Recently retired Kelly Smith, the team’s assistant coach, has announced that she is three months pregnant with her first baby.
That means she won’t be playing in her celebration match on Sunday, February 19 (the same weekend as the FA Cup fixtures) – but she will still be on the touchline.
Stars announced for the game include the Lionesses’ assistant coach Marieanne Spacey, Birmingham striker Ellen White, and former England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis.