Merseyrail Ladies prepared for their FA Cup tie against Durham with a  victory over Fleetwood Town in the league.

Following a 10-0 demolition of Manchester side Wythenshawe Amateurs last week, Merseyrail Ladies are just 90 minutes away from the first-round proper of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup.

They will now travel to the North East on October 24 to face Durham Cestria in the third round qualifying.

But manager Lee Austin believes the trip to Durham will be a real challenge for his side.

“It’s a difficult trip going along way up to Durham.

“They are a really good set up and they’re going to be strong and psychical, they are from the league above us but ultimately I think if we play our game and our girls show up, then we’re in with a good shout.”

A run in the cup could just be what the club needs to expand and gain more of a following, which is what manager Austin is aiming to achieve in his time in charge.

Momentum appears to be building for Austin’s side who have hit the ground running domestically with four wins from five in the North West Women’s Regional League.

Yesterday’s 2-0 home win against Fleetwood Town Wrens ensured Merseyrail preserved their 100% record at home in the League.

It was a slow start to the match at Admiral park for Austin’s team.

But an impressive second half performance was capped of in style with a brace from substitute Vicky Yee. They are second in league.

The impressive start to the new campaign for Merseyrail has left Austin excited for the season ahead.

“I’m pleased that my ideas seem to be starting to bed in.

“There’s still a lot for us to work on in terms of when things aren’t going our way, but I think once were in control of the play, were going to be a team to play against, were going to be up there but we have to stay consistent.”

However, although this season has the potential to be a special one for Merseyrail, Manager Austin is not putting to much pressure on his team.

“For me this season is a year of transition for the club.

“I know it’s a cliché but it’s about taking it game by game and then we will see where we are in the new year.

“Ultimately, it’s about building a new team for the future and right now I’m made up with the way the girls have come together and the way there starting to play so if we get something out of it the great, but if not, we put the basis in for the future.”