MK Dons Ladies start their campaign to retain the BBFA County Women’s Senior Cup this Sunday against Ascot United Ladies.
James Honeyman said: “We are going to make some changes to the team. We rested three players against Actonians and we’ll look to rest three more to keep us fresh and ready for another cup game that follows this one.”
The Dons go into the game in good form having won three games in a row, including their last game against Actonians last Sunday, which they won 4-0.
Ascot United Ladies play in the First Division (Southern) in the Southern Region Women’s Football League.
They lost their last game 16-0 to Leyton Orient WFC in the Women’s FA Cup, eliminating them from the competition. However, it was the best Women’s FA Cup run in the club’s history and the team will be looking to create more history for their club by knocking the reigning County Cup holders, the Dons, out of the tournament.
Ascot United will also be hoping to continue their record against sides from Milton Keynes this season, as the aforementioned record Women’s FA Cup run saw the side beat Milton Keynes City Ladies 3-2.
The Dons, meanwhile, are looking for cup and league glory this season, but with the side competing in multiple cups as well as having a large squad available, Honeyman is aiming for the County Cup to be a development tool for his side.
He said: “We’re going to use the County Cup as a bit of a development tool so we will get a few of the development squad in.
“However, the game against Ascot falls on the same weekend as the development’s League cup game, so we need to keep some of them in that squad as we can’t play any first teamers in that game.”
If the Dons are victorious against Ascot United Ladies, they will be through to the quarter-finals where they’ll face Bracknell Town Ladies on Sunday 20th November.