Bristol Academy v Lincoln Ladies
The FA Women’s Cup
2pm, Sunday 28 April 2013
by Michael Jarvis
Having lost at the Semi-Final stage of The FA Women’s Cup in 2012, and in the 2011 Final, Bristol Academy are looking to finally clinch the trophy this season, but they will first have to beat Lincoln, their last-four opponents this campaign, on Sunday.
Bristol have every reason to believe they can go the extra step this year, not only because of their exciting signings, but also because they are, as of yet, undefeated.
Under the new leadership of Rick Passmoor though, and having eliminated Chelsea, last year’s Cup Finalists, on their way to the Semi-Final, Lincoln will have other ideas.
Bristol boss Mark Sampson does expect a tough challenge, however he believes that his team’s lively attacking prospects, coupled with their recent experiences will give them the edge.
He said: “A lot of the teams have strengthened, so you have to expect at this level to play tight matches.
“Over the last three seasons we’ve had some wonderful journeys in The FA Women's Cup and for this season we want to make sure that we do our best to end it on a bit more of a special note.
“You can approach it one of two ways; with a real sense of pressure, or fear, or you can approach it with a real sense of opportunity and positivity.
“Obviously we’ll be looking to do that on Sunday going into the game, and hopefully that’ll bring the best out of us.
“We’ve shown already this season that we can score goals, we can play exciting football, and I think we’ve got a great group of players.”
Sampson also emphasised how the addition of Spaniards Laura Del Rio and Natalia Sanchon, have helped to improve the vibe in the changing room.
He added: “Those two are living in the same house. They’re spending a lot of time on the training ground together and Laura’s really helping Natalia settle in.
“One thing we’ve found with bringing foreign players to the club is that it really brings a different dimension to the changing room.
“The changing room now is a very relaxed environment with lots of different personalities.”