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Preview: Exeter City Women

The Dons get ready for round two of the FAWNL Cup…

2 December 2022

MK Dons Women travel to Exeter this weekend to face the Grecians in the second-round of the league cup.

Since their 1-0 victory against Gillingham in the first stage of the competition, Charlie Bill’s Women have been occupied with other knockout tournaments, as well as the league.
 
The Dons Women currently remain in all three of their cup competitions, which include: Berks & Bucks Senior Cup (semi-final stage), Vitality Women’s FA Cup (Third-round) and the FAWNL League Cup (second-round).
 
Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00pm on Sunday at Exwick Sports Hub.
 
THE OPPOSITION
Exeter City Women compete within the FAWNL Division One South West, which is a league below MK Dons, who battle within the Premier Division of the FA Women’s National League.
 
The Grecians have played a total of eight league games so far this season, six of which have been victories. A draw and only one league loss make up their other two results.
 
Much like Charlie Bill’s Women, Exeter still currently competes within all of their knockout tournaments, however, the travelling side will seek to put an end to the host’s League Cup campaign this weekend.
 
FIRST-ROUND ACTION
MK Dons hosted Gillingham in the first-round of the competition. The Gills are renowned for their strong defensive attributes, which they prominently displayed within the fixture.
 
Despite their best defensive efforts, the travelling team couldn’t stop Mollie Coupar’s header from separating the two sides. This was only and deciding goal of the match, which allowed the Dons to advance further within the tournament.
 
Following the Preliminary rounds, Exeter City faced FAWNL Premier Division outfit London Bees. The first-round of the competition proved a great test for the Grecians, who faced a team in the division above, but that didn’t faze their determination to win.
 
A five-goal thriller saw Exeter claim victory through a 3-2 score-line, a result that earned the opposition the respect they deserve as both teams prepare for this weekend’s fight to remain within the competition.

Photos captured by CTFPhotography


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