Hope Powell’s side will be looking to make it past the first hurdle in the competition for the first time in two seasons, having lost out to both Manchester City and Manchester United respectively in the past two campaigns.
Although this weekend’s opponents ply their trade in the Women’s Championship, it will be a tricky tie for the Seagulls, as Villa are sitting top of the table, three points ahead of their nearest challengers Sheffield United with a game in hand, as they bust for promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Albion head into the match having lost out in their previous match to West Ham United on Sunday. Netherlands international Danique Kerkdijk gave Albion a deserved first-half lead in the FAWSL encounter, but two goals in the closing stages of the match from Alisha Lehmann gave the Hammers all three points.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa had a free weekend and haven’t played since a 3-1 defeat to WSL side Chelsea in the Continental League Cup on 15th January, with Kerri Welsh getting on the scoresheet for the Villans.
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Lehmann (80, 83)
Albion: Walsh; Barton (Lundorf 90+2), Kerkdijk, Williams, Gibbons; Connolly, Bowman, Natkiel (Umotong 84); Le Garrec, Whelan, Green.
Subs not used: Fiskerstrand (GK), Roe, Le Tissier, Simpkins, Nilden.
Want to support the team as they seek to reach the Women’s FA Cup fifth round? Tickets can be purchased on the day at the turnstiles, priced at £7 for adults and £3 for under-18s and over-65s.
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