West Riding Women's Cup: Middleton Park to host Leeds United Ladies

Middleton Park Ladies have been drawn at home against Leeds United Ladies in an exciting third-round clash in the West Riding Women's Cup to be played on Sunday, January 16 (KO 1pm).

After knocking out first division Brighouse Town in round two of the competition, the second division minnows will go head to head with their Tesco Women's Premier League neighbours who are ranked seven divisions above them.

The Middleton club, which was only formed in 2004 and is run entirely by volunteers, is open to juniors aged from four to 16 and open age players aged 16 and over, and is the current county FA charter standard club of the year.

Middleton secretary Wayne Dixon hopes the cup tie will prove a pivotal moment.

"I feel that Middleton Park is finally going to get its chance to show what it's all about," he said.

"Football is a powerful tool and, as a community club, I think it's really important to show local girls that they really do have a chance to play against the top teams if they give football a try."

Kady Lee is one such local girl.

"I'm really looking forward to it, but I'm also a bit nervous!

"It's a great opportunity for us and we're all really focused on the game," said the Middleton-born right-back.

Middleton Park aims to provide a fun, safe environment for youngsters to enjoy football and promotes healthy lifestyles.

Spectators are encouraged to come down and watch the cup clash.

Entry is free at Middleton Park FC's ground, based on Cranmore Drive.

Programmes, drinks and snacks will also be on sale.

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