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AFC’s cup run for Emma

CAPTAIN MARVEL: Natalie Golding, in yellow, will be hoping to lead AFC Sudbury to the FA Womens Cup second round on Sunday by defeating London Corinthians at The MEL Group Stadium

CAPTAIN MARVEL: Natalie Golding, in yellow, will be hoping to lead AFC Sudbury to the FA Womens Cup second round on Sunday by defeating London Corinthians at The MEL Group Stadium

One person will be very much in the thoughts of AFC Sudbury Ladies as they bid to make more FA Women’s Cup history on Sunday (2pm).

The Yellows play host to London Corinthians in the first round proper of the competition for the chance to meet the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United or Newcastle United in round two.

However, not on the journey with them is striker Emma Holloway, who tragically died in a car crash in November 2010 at the age of just 19.

Manager Clive Golding, whose 24-year-old daughter Natalie skippers the side, said: “Emma is still in our minds and a lot of what we doing is for her.

“In my time at AFC, she’s probably the best player we’ve ever had.”

Sudbury, who are in their second season in the East Region League North Division, are playing in the FA Women’s Cup for the first time in their history.

They have won three matches to reach the first round proper and know they are now 90 minutes away from facing some of the giants of the game.

“It would be nice to go through and take on a big side like that,” said Golding.

“You wouldn’t expect a small team like us to go all the way, but it would be nice to go as far as possible and, if we are going to go out, then to do so against a recognised team.”

The main pitch at The MEL Group Stadium will host the match on Sunday, with free entry being offered to all spectators.

“We are very grateful the club is offering free entry,” added Golding. “It helps people who have supported us along the way — there has been good support in all three rounds so far.”

AFC have two Suffolk players among their ranks — goalkeeper Helena Brodie and centre-half Marie Seabrook — while three more have been on stand-by — striker Jodie Sharp, defender Rebecca Thrower and midfielder Natalie Golding.

 

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