Former Asfordby footballer Ashleigh Plumptre eyes FA Women’s Cup final place

Ashleigh Plumptre is Wembley bound after Notts County Ladies reached the FA Women's Cup final EMN-150605-124811002

Ashleigh Plumptre is Wembley bound after Notts County Ladies reached the FA Women's Cup final EMN-150605-124811002

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Exciting young footballer Ashleigh Plumptre is set for a dream Wembley final after Notts County Ladies made it through to the FA Women’s Cup final.

Ashleigh, who turns 17 tomorrow, was on the bench for the Lady Magpies’ 3-0 win over Everton on Sunday, and will be fighting to make the squad for the final itself, against Chelsea, on Saturday, August 1.

After the match she posted on Twitter: “Seven years ago, at 10-years-old, I watched the FA Women’s Cup final at Forest. I’m now part of a team playing in the final at Wembley. Indescribable!”

Ashleigh started her career at Asfordby Amateurs Ladies and Girls FC, and her prolific goalscoring record soon earned her the Melton Times Junior Sportswoman of the Year award in 2007.

After a long spell with Leicester City Ladies, she joined Women’s Super League club Birmingham City two years ago.

The long commute to training and matches, coupled with her GCSE studies, persuaded Ashleigh to switch to WSL rivals Notts County last season.

The England Under 17s international became the youngest player in the club’s history to make her WSL debut last season, aged 16, and made three appearances.

Injury hampered the start of Ashleigh’s 2015 campaign, but she has since forced her way back into the squad.

She played the entire second half of the 3-3 draw against Manchester City before being named on the subs bench for the semi-final.