MARIEANNE Spacey-Cale is getting her Saints Women side ready to make history on Sunday.

They will be playing at St Mary’s for the first time when they welcome Coventry in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The fixture comes the day after the first team host Tottenham Hotspur in the men’s competition, with the club hoping for it to be an FA Cup bonanza-style weekend.

Speaking to the Daily Echo, Spacey-Cale revealed how the opportunity to play at St Mary’s came about.

She said: “What was great is that the board came and asked us about playing there.

“We have a fantastic facility at AFC Totton and we love playing there week in, week out.

“And now we can showcase to a bigger audience which will hopefully drive the support to Totton.

“Were we surprised? I think it’s a great opportunity, not only to play at the stadium but also to drive the attendances for our games in the future.”

Supporters will be able to enter St Mary’s for free, with the game kicking-off at 1pm.

And Spacey-Cale, who used to play professionally for Arsenal, is hoping a solid attendance will increase the interest around Saints Women.

They currently play at AFC Totton’s Snows Stadium which recently saw them welcome a record crowd of 832 fans.

But the Saints Women’s boss is ready to see that figure grow by attracting more people to come and watch their games.

Asked whether playing at St Mary’s can help with that, Spacey-Cale added: “It’s a great opportunity for the team and there is a huge fanbase here and we want to showcase what this club is all about.

“The women’s football game is an integral part of the club moving forward.

“And supporters support a club, so let’s get them out there on Sunday.”

With Saints Women only in their second season, they are already eyeing a second promotion in a row.

Their previous campaign saw them remain unbeaten with a 100 per cent win rate, which has remained intact this season.

To reach the fourth round of the FA Cup, they’ve already toppled two opponents who are further up the leagues.

And if they are to make it to the next stage, they’ll have to beat a Coventry team currently plying their trade in the FA Women’s Championship.

Despite winning every week, Spacey-Cale says she has no issues keeping her side hungry for more success.

“It’s not difficult because, although we are winning, we are challenged every week,” continued the former England coach.

“It’s a really difficult league. I know the results will look a little bit different but the teams we play against always set us a challenge.

“But we’ve also got a very competitive squad that wants to be playing, so the levels in training are really high.

“They are training for their shirt every week and do everything they can to get selected to play.

“There is a lot of internal motivation to stay playing well to be in the thoughts of selection for the following week.

“The teams around us challenge us in different ways. We have to be prepared for this week in, week out.”

Although Saints Women are winning every week, they are yet to have the pressure of playing at St Mary’s Stadium.

However, Spacey-Cale doesn’t think the venue will knock her players off their stride.

Instead, she reckons they will just be viewing it as another game of football – especially after they spent the day there getting used to their surroundings.

Spacey-Cale added: “For me as a coach, it’s about trusting your players [to deal with the occasion].

“We’ve had a training session there and the players have been around the dressing room.

“They had a familiarisation day so that initial excitement and wow factor is parked.

“It’s another game and it’s a fantastic competition, but if you strip it back it’s just another game of football.

“They love playing football and they love being around the big-game environment.

“It’s a test for us because we are playing a team that is two tiers above us, so we are excited by the challenge, but we are also looking forward to a game of football in a fantastic stadium.”

The team's main shirt sponsor, Virgin Media, will be providing a free pie for those that attend the match on Sunday as part of its Super Saints campaign.