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The Lasses are back! Sunderland AFC Ladies set for return to action in FA Cup next month

Having not played since December, there’s been some positive news on the SAFC Ladies front as Mel Reay’s side have been given a date for their FA Cup game against Sheffield FC.

Sunderland Ladies will face Sheffield FC next month as the women’s FA Cup resumes.

Their second round tie was due to take place at the start of January but was delayed due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The news comes following reports earlier this week that a verdict is expected in mid-March about what will happen to women’s leagues in tiers three to six of women’s football.

Their FA Cup game against Sheffield will be their first game since mid-December, where they beat Derby in an nail-biting 5-4 thriller.

Last season Sunderland were clear for promotion to the Championship when the first UK lockdown kicked in and their season was subsequently nulled and voided. They are currently fifth in the Northern Premier Division table having played nine games so far this season.

Non-elite teams have not been permitted to train since the beginning of the most recent lockdown.

Of course one of the big questions to be asked is whether or not fans will be allowed into the ground next April to watch the game, depending on the restrictions and guidance provided by authorities concerning this.