Leeds United’s women eye silverware

Leeds United women are on the hunt for some silverware this season, writes OLIVER WOOD.

Thursday, 16th January 2020, 6:00 am
Hot shot, Rebecca Hunt. PIC: Leeds United (Ladies) AFC

And they have neighbours, rivals and current holders Brighouse Town on the horizon with the sides meeting on Sunday in the quarter-final of the West Riding County Cup.

Having made it to the final four last season, the Whites will be hoping to go further this time around but the tough task of playing the current holders in the quarters is the focus before getting too carried away.

Despite the neutral setting for the tie at the Crofton Community Centre, home of Nostall Miners FC, you can fully expect all the feistiness, drama and excitement of a ‘proper Yorkshire derby’.

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After going unbeaten in their last five, winning four and drawing once, the Whites are in near-perfect form heading into what is a huge game this weekend.

Leeds currently sit second in the table and looking for a successful league season although the club will have to overturn a five-point deficit behind leaders Barnsley who also have a game in hand.

The cup could, therefore, be a real possibility for a trophy this campaign.

Having met Brighouse already this season, both sides had to settle for a point back in September. A Rebecca Hunt free-kick cancelled out the Brighouse lead for a share of the spoils.

However, there will be no chance of either side settling for a draw this weekend with extra-time and penalties lurking should the winner not be decided after 90 minutes.

Not only a chance of reaching the final four again for the Whites but also the opportunity for bragging rights over their rivals is also at stake. The game has all the ingredients of being one not to miss.

Leeds United Women are calling on support from those who follow the men’s team, offering season-ticket holders free entry for Sunday’s fixture, providing they bring it along with them.

Tickets are priced at £4 for adults and free to under-16s. The club are hoping to see locally-based fans supporting the women on their County Cup trophy hunt.