Eastbourne Town Ladies are all set for the biggest match in their history when they welcome QPR in the FA Cup this Sunday.
It’s the first time Town have progressed to the second round of the Ladies FA Cup in their history.
Town host tier-one side Queens Park Rangers who play their football in the Premier League South, where they currently lie ninth out of 12 teams.
Eastbourne dramatically defeated Chichester City in the first round, who play in a league higher, 5-4 on penalties. Town were indebted to goalkeeper Georgie Davies, who made numerous saves to keep Eastbourne in the game and Town will need a similar performance from the shot stopper if they are to progress.
Town captain Emma Parslow said, “I’m holding out for another big performance from our goalkeeper. We’re not going to sit back and defend, we’re going to go out and try to get that early goal.
“The girls are ready. We have a massive squad available to choose from. Everyone wants to be involved. There is a good buzz around the club. Everyone involved with the club has gone out of their way to help out and show their support.”
The last time both sides played a competitive match was on Sunday, December 14 due to postponements.
Parslow believes the pressure will be on the favourites to progress to the next round. “A hundred percent, the pressure is on them to perform. They won’t be used to a ground like ours.”
Eastbourne will welcome back striker Jacey Samson, after suffering a broken ankle that kept her out of the game for three years, and hope the striker will add some goals to the team.
Despite poor league form which sees them third from bottom in the London & South-Eastern League with seven points Town have been strong in the cup and QPR will be wary of an upset.
Kick off at the Saffrons is 1pm on Sunday.