After three weeks Sunderland Ladies return to action this weekend, welcoming Middlesbrough to Hebburn’s Energy Check Sports Ground in the Women’s FA Cup second round.
Sunday marks the starting point for both side’s FA Cup campaign, as they enter the competition alongside their fellow FA Women’s National League Premier sides.
A postponement at Derby County and a free gameweek gave Melanie Reay’s side their first significant break of the season, after a 3-1 win at home to Loughborough Foxes last time out.
Last year’s FA Cup run ended abruptly at the first hurdle, a 3-1 defeat at home to Fylde. With the league clash against Boro ending in a disappointing draw, Sunday’s hosts have two wrongs to right on Sunday.
Middlesbrough made the third round last year before being knocked out by Watford. The Teesside club have suffered a difficult start to the season though, losing five and winning three of their 10 league games so far to find themselves in seventh.
They also dropped out of the FAWNL Cup, losing to Durham Cestria in the determining round, but won their first two games in the FAWNL Plate.
Middlesbrough re-signed striker Bianca Owens, who spent four years with the club between 2014 and 2018. Owens took two Golden Boot awards with Boro and scored 79 goals in 77 games but is yet to make her debut since rejoining from Norton & Stockton Ancients in October.
Former Sunderland players including Rebekah Bass, Tyler Dodds and Olivia Watt could also play on Sunday.
Sunday’s FA Cup Wear-Tees derby gets underway at 1pm at Hebburn Town’s Energy Check Sports Ground. Tickets, available on the door, are priced at £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and £1.50 for SAFC Season Card holders. If you can’t make it to Hebburn, follow the game with live updates on our Twitter @SAFCLadies.