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Colts up for Cup
« on: March 15, 2007, 10:49:20 AM »
HARPENDEN Colts Ladies meet Watford in the final of the Herts FA Women's Cup on Sunday at the County Ground, Letchworth.

Managed by UEFA B licensed coach John Davey, the young Harpenden side, are conquering all before them this season - unbeaten in the Greater London Women's League Division Two North and in the quarter finals of the League Cup. Davey's squad will relish the big stage and the chance to take on a side looking to earn promotion to the top division of English Football this season. The boss said: "Watford are probably in the top 15 ladies sides in the country. We have quite a team and we are about to find out just how good they are. Our team probably has an average of 17, and some of them have been together since Under 7s at Harpenden Colts. We played Watford in the quarter finals last year and lost 6-1."

Hemel Hempstead head the league this term on 37 points but have played four games more than Harpenden Colts in fourth on 26 points and, with five games in hand on Tring in third and six to make up on second placed Newham, Davey's side look set to challenge for a second successive promotion. Harpenden beat Hemel 3-1 in the semi final of the county cup with goals from Captain Lisa Hayhoe, Kelly Toms and Hannah Noonan.

On Sunday the Colts warmed up for the final with a thrilling 3-2 League Cup win over Staines, secured by a spectacular last gasp header from Hannah Noonan. This was the fourth time Harpenden have beaten a higher division outfit this season.

The success of the side is particularly impressive after they lost star striker Kelly Gallagher, who moved to Arsenal in the summer. Kelly, aged 17, has been making her mark in the reserves at the North London giants and, in her absence, Kelly Toms has stepped into the limelight. Davey said: "Kelly Gallagher was with us since Under 12s and she was our top scorer for about five years. She is doing very well at Arsenal. We thought we would miss her a lot but we managed to replace her with another excellent striker in Kelly Toms."

The big match kicks off at 2.30pm on Sunday and Harpenden will be hoping for strong local support to cheer them on as the underdogs against Watford.

Former Colt and ex-Roundwood School pupil Natasha Dowie is another star who has come through the system at Harpenden and moved on to Charlton Athletic, as well as featuring for England at youth level.

Harpenden Colts: Back Row, left to right: Louise Scott, Sam Couchman, Sammy Broom, Gemma Murdoch. Middle row, left to right: Viki Allen, Kelly Toms, Annie Swan, Alex Barker, Sarah Jane Barker, Sam Gillings. Front row, left to right: Shona Samuriwo, Stacey McGinness, Hannah Noonan, Lisa Hayhoe. Not pictured: Rebecca Lines, Claire Davey, Gemma Rix.