Pompey Ladies dreaming of shot at Super League giant

122159-01_MY_Pompey_Ladies'Pomepy Ladies v Sunderland.'Lauren Murphy (left) and keeper Sadie Blakeley watch Sunderland score goal number 2.'Pic Mick Young'19/08/2012
122159-01_MY_Pompey_Ladies'Pomepy Ladies v Sunderland.'Lauren Murphy (left) and keeper Sadie Blakeley watch Sunderland score goal number 2.'Pic Mick Young'19/08/2012
Brett Pitman equalises for Pompey from the penalty spot

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Pompey Ladies are dreaming of facing a Super League giant – but first they must see off Yeovil to earn a place in the next round of the FA Women’s Cup.

The two teams met earlier this season in the league cup group stage, with the Blues winning 3-2.

They will be favourites to win again and book their place among the big guns, such as Arsenal and Chelsea, when they enter the competition.

But Yeovil, from the southern division – one step below national division Pompey – have hit a rich vein of form, punching above their weight in cup competitions.

They crushed national division Barnet 3-0 in the previous round and pushed Leeds all the way in a 1-0 defeat in the league cup.

So it’s clear Vanessa Raynbird’s team can take nothing for granted.

The Pompey boss said: ‘We would love to test ourselves against Chelsea or Arsenal.

‘It would be a challenge but we have got to win the right to do it and I hope we can. We know Yeovil will want to win it – 100 per cent.

‘They have had some really good results and cup games are different.

‘Keeping Leeds to a 1-0 win was a great effort and the win over Barnet shows they will be a quality side.

‘They are certainly all guns blazing at the moment and they are the team to look at from the division below, I think.’

Pompey should have key trio Sadie Blakely, Charley Wilson and Kaylee Schumann-Edwards back after they missed the 18-0 crushing of Winchester.

Defender Lauren Murphy was also not risked last weekend due to a knee problem.

In her absence, Cally Beaumont and Nadine Bazan played at centre-back, doing a solid job and highlighting the options Raynbird has in her squad.

Murphy could play on Sunday, though the injury is still troubling her.

Winger Lucy Quinn is also a doubt with an ankle problem. Her fitness will be assessed after tomorrow night’s training session.

Meanwhile, striker Chloe Ranger continued her comeback from a broken foot with a hat-trick, after coming off the bench against Winchester.

‘Chloe scores goals from all areas and has a very good strike on her,’ said Raynbird.

‘She is a way off full fitness but took the opportunity to play and score some goals.’