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Spurs Ladies to face FA Cup holders Arsenal in Fifth Round

It’s a North London Derby and Spurs Ladies’ biggest challenge yet.

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies striker Wendy Martin strikes the ball during Spurs’ 1-0 FA Cup win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
Tottenham Hotspur Ladies midfielder Wendy Martin strikes the ball during Spurs’ 1-0 FA Cup Fourth Round win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
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While the men’s team was at Craven Cottage dismantling Fulham in the FA Cup, Tottenham Hotspur Ladies were also participating in the Women’s FA Cup, and as usual, knocking it out of the park. Spurs Ladies got a last-minute screamer of a goal from Bianca Baptiste to defeat Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 on Sunday and advance to the Fifth Round.

The win is significant not only because it keeps Spurs’ incredible run of form going – they are currently 23-1-0 in all competitions – but also because Brighton play one division higher in the Women’s Super League 2. That makes Sunday’s win Spurs most important victory to date this season, and the first time they’ve ever defeated a club in the WSL.

Their reward? An away trip to top flight club and FA Cup holders Arsenal. Spurs drew their close neighbors in the Fifth Round draw, setting up a North London derby that will be without question their biggest challenge yet.

Arsenal may be the historic rivals to Tottenham, but on the women’s side the Gunners have enjoyed a much more illustrious history. 14-time winners of England’s top division and winners of 14 FA Cups, Arsenal are currently third in the WSL 1 table, England’s top flight in the women’s game. It’s an enormous undertaking, but since when has this team backed down from a challenge this season?

Spurs are currently top of the table in the WPL South and are looking like favorites to promote to the WSL 2 next season. The FA Cup tie against Arsenal will be held on Sunday, March 19. The full draw is below.

Women’s FA Cup Fifth Round Draw