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Worcester City Women’s captain delighted with Sixways record for MK Dons FA Cup tie

Worcester City Women‘s captain Jess Fassnidge says their ‘magnificent’ record-breaking FA Cup tie at Sixways Stadium against MK Dons will live long in the memory.

City played in front of a record 510 supporters in their FA Cup second-round tie, which ended 3-0 to the visitors, who play their league football two divisions above.

The Sixways Stadium residents play their football in the West Midlands Regional Women’s Football League, where they’re embroiled in a title challenge, but the cup competition provided a welcome surprise for Fassnidge’s side.

“We’re really pleased with it,” Fassnidge said.

“It’s magnificent to see so many people to come and see us.

“We had a fantastic showing there with over 500 people there and it’s a good marker to see just how far we’ve come.

“Being at Sixways for our home games, we knew what to expect and we’re used to playing in that atmosphere so it would only help us instead of hinder us.

“I was really chuffed that it all came together, we were able to showcase what we can do to all those people.

“We believe it should be a day that’s helped put Worcester City on the map.

“Up against MK Dons who are two leagues above us, we were very proud of how we played and the day as a whole.”

The competition hands out £2,000 for every loser in the second round, with City set to pocket that after their defeat, a fee that could prove useful in future.

“I think that’s why the FA Cup is an amazing competition to be taking part in,” said Fassnidge.

“There’s a huge amount of money for us to work with and use towards resources.

“It helps us be a bit more sustainable in the short-term but also can be kept aside to be used long-term.

“We know that the more rounds we get through the more that we can help the club.

“If we weren’t going to get through against MK Dons, we’d still earn some money that would help the club financially.”

City’s title challenge continues next weekend when they face Crusaders, with them looking to gain ground on league leaders Lye Town.

“Our focus on the league is to get promotion,” said Fassnidge

“It’s a tough league and there are a lot of teams that are tough to beat.

“There’s a lot of good teams that we’re battling with, we’ve got lots of teams to contend with.

“From our perspective we’re just taking it day by day to control what we can control.”

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