Laura Bassett says Notts County delivered in FA Women's Cup

By Andrew AloiaBBC Sport
Danielle Buet (c) celebrates scoring against Everton in FA Women's Cup semi-final
Danielle Buet (c) celebrates scoring against Everton in FA Women's Cup semi-final with Notts County captain Laura Bassett (r) and Alex Greenwood

Notts County captain Laura Bassett says reaching their first FA Cup final has established them as a genuine force in the women's game.

The Lady Magpies face Chelsea at Wembley on 1 August after beating Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.

Notts had fallen at the semi-final stage in the previous two years.

"To finally deliver and get ourselves in that final, and to prove that we are a force and club to be reckoned with, is fantastic," Bassett told BBC Sport.

"On the day, we are going to go out and enjoy it and hopefully bring back some silverware to this club."

Women's Super League One leaders Chelsea will be the first top-flight team that Notts have faced in this year's competition, after beating second-tier sides Everton, Aston Villa and Tottenham, who play in the third step of the women's game in England.

First final for WSL's newest side
The FA Women's Cup decider on 1 August at Wembley will be Notts County Ladies's first major final, with the club only being established at Meadow Lane last season.
However, Lincoln Ladies - the franchise that was relocated to Nottingham and rebranded at Notts County in 2014 - made it to the Continental Cup final against Arsenal in 2013. The Lady Imps lost the final 2-0 in what was their final game before being renamed.

County's only defeat in all competitions to date this season came against Chelsea in their opening WSL match last month.

The final at Wembley is the first in the history of the women's competition to be held at the national stadium.

And as Notts County's first major final, Bassett anticipates a highly charged atmosphere.

"It's the club's first final and we have to remember that, but we have to also control our emotions," she said.

"We can't play the occasion, we just have to play the game. Whoever controls their emotions and is ruthless on the day will lift the cup."

Bassett, 31, who has previously lifted the FA Women's Cup with Arsenal and Birmingham City, said August's final will be a landmark event.

"The fact that it is at Wembley for the first time in women's football makes it very special," she said.