The Road to Lee Valley: Investec Women's Cup Semi Finals

Els Mansell in action for Clifton

The Road to Lee Valley picks up once again this weekend as the Investec Women’s Cup reaches the semi-final stage. For Brooklands Poynton, Buckingham, Clifton and Holcombe, the place in the final is tantalisingly close.

Brooklands Poynton, currently second in the Conference North and still fighting for promotion have been in searing form in the league and have carried that over into the cup. They saw off Cannock in the second round 3-0 before edging out Conference West high-fliers Stourport 1-0 in the next round. That set up a tie with giant killers Barnes, who accounted for the holders Surbiton. Poynton made sure the fairytale ended there and then with a professional display to run out 2-1 winners, securing their semi-final place.

Waiting for them in the last four are Investec Women’s Premier Division side Buckingham. Despite enduring a tough season in the Premier Division, where they currently occupy the automatic relegation place, Buckingham have found the cup a welcome distraction from their league travails. A double from Georgina Holme helped them to see off Reading in the second round before a Phoebe Richards brace in the next round put Hampstead and Westminster to the sword. A narrow 3-2 win over Ben Rhydding was next setting up the match with Brooklands Poynton for a place in the final.

The other semi-final is an all Premier Division affair with Clifton hosting Holcombe. Clifton, beaten finalists last year will be desperate to go one better this time out. Their road to the semi finals has seen them produce impressive displays every step of the way. They beat Maidenhead 3-0 before seeing off East Grinstead 3-1 and then defeated University of Birmingham 3-2 to keep alive their hopes of some silverware.

Standing in their way are Kent side Holcombe. The teams drew 2-2 in the league and will face each other on the last day of the season, but Holcombe, currently in the fourth playoff spot are in good form. The were handed a walkover by Havant in this competition before rattling in seven goals against Staines in the next round, including a treble for Jess Brooker. Sarah Jones’ goal was enough for a 1-0 win over Bowdon Hightown in the last round to set up the intriguing semi-final clash with Clifton.

The final is within touching distance for these sides, and on Sunday we will know who is in the final, battling it out for the silverware. The Road to Lee Valley is almost complete!