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Match preview: Albion take on Wolves in the FA Cup

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Mikey Harris takes his team to New Bucks Head for Sunday's fifth round tie.

By Bruce Talbot • 11 February 2024

By Kyle Hemsley
Albion will be aiming to reach the quarter-finals for the third time in four seasons on Sunday.

For the second time in this season’s Adobe Women’s FA Cup, Albion face the lowest-ranked team left in the competition when they face Wolves at AFC Telford United’s New Bucks Head ground on Sunday, kick off 1pm.

The game is live on FA Player.

Team news

January signing Taylor Smith is still not available. At his pre-match press conference on Friday Harris said, "Unfortunately Taylor has had a viral infection so it's about getting her conditioned and ready to play."

Mikey Harris's pre-match press conference

04:47

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Mikey Harris's Wolves press conference

The Opposition

Wolves currently sit fifth in the Northern Premier Division, the third tier of the women’s game, with five wins from their 11 league games. Their most recent league game was last Sunday’s 3-0 defeat to leaders Newcastle United.

By Jack Thomas / Wolves FC
Top scorer Amber Hughes has netted 11 goals this season.

They reached the last 16 thanks to a 2-1 win at Championship outfit Reading in the fourth round thanks to goals from Beth Merrick and Destiney Toussaint. Wolves have won four games to reach this stage and scored 21 goals. In earlier rounds they beat Stourbridge 8-0, Peterborough United 7-0 and Hull City 4-1. Amber Hughes has scored six goals in the competition for them.

Player to watch

Hughes has scored 11 goals in all competitions. She has been at the club since 2021 having previously played for Coventry United and Nottingham Forest. The Birmingham City fan works in the city as a special needs teacher.

FA Cup history

Albion will be trying to reach the quarter-finals for the third successive season and in two of the last three seasons they have gone on to reach the last four. Wolves’ only appearance in the last eight was in 1999 when they lost 1-0 to Leeds United.

Match officials

Referee : Phoebe Cross

Assistants: Lauren Whiteman and Julia Kings

Fourth Official: Grace Lowe