Ladies up for the cup

West Ham United Ladies take a break from league action this Sunday when they play host to Queen's Park Rangers in the Women's FA Cup third round.

The west London outfit are one division below the Hammers in the South West Combination but captain Julia Setford is not taking the 1pm fixture at Harlow Town for granted. "We are no strangers to QPR, and over the years we have had many a match with them," she said. "We know a lot about each other.

"We could probably call this one of our 'bogey' teams. We've always found it tough against QPR and over the past five years honours have been fairly close. Before we were promoted to the FA Premier Women's League, I was quite glad when the league decided to move them to the South West Combination! We drew them in the cup last year, again, a very tough game which we came out narrow 1-0 winners. So this will be a very hard game.

The Hammers are fresh after their league trip to Newquay was postponed last week. Setford added: "After all the planning and preparation, the game was called off on Friday afternoon. I must admit, I was a bit deflated. I was looking forward to the trip, spending the weekend with the team and planning lots of embarrassing stunts for Grace Coombs, as it was her 17th birthday that Sunday. The rest would have done the team good though and hopefully we'll look sharp."