(Kick-off 2pm unless stated)
Group Two South
Crystal Palace Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women
Tottenham Hotspur warmed up for an FA Women’s Continental League Cup derby with Crystal Palace by seeing off Bristol City in the FAWSL thanks to a stunning quickfire brace from Kit Graham.
City took a first-half lead through Abi Harrison. However, their winless run was to continue as Graham netted her first competitive goals for the North Londoners.
It had been a tame Tottenham display during the opening period. Nevertheless, Head Coach, Karen Hills was far happier with what she saw after the half-time cuppa: “We went in at half-time disappointed,” she told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“We took the game to them in the opening five minutes and I thought that we were on the front foot and, if we would have been more clinical in front of goal, it would have been a different story,” she explained.
“We know that we have some fantastic characters in the changing room. We regrouped and knew we had the confidence and the ability to put in a good performance in the second half and really take the game to them – and we did just that. We made a couple of changes in terms of putting Kit (Graham) on the other wing and it worked in our favour – she scored two fantastic goals which are worthy of winning any game.”
Crystal Palace will provide tough opposition for Spurs and they recorded a narrow 3-2 success over the London Bees in an exciting FA Women’s Championship clash last weekend. This was the Eagles third win in five matches – Bristol City loanee, Ella Rutherford, bagged a brace for Palace, including a last-gasp winner, while Bianca Baptiste was also on target.
Reading Women v West Ham United Women
West Ham United head into their FA Women’s Continental League Cup Group Two South clash with Reading on a positive, this despite slipping to a 3-1 FAWSL defeat to much-fancied Chelsea last weekend.
In front of a bumper crowd of 2,122 at Rush Green Stadium, the Hammers stunned Chelsea when substitute, Adriana Leon, fired them ahead with half an hour remaining. However, the table-topping Blues hit back with goals from Sophie Ingle, Ji, and Drew Spence to claim a ruthless victory which left the east Londoners sitting in seventh place with six points from five outings.
But despite the setback, Hammers head coach, Matt Beard, was satisfied with his sides toil: “We can take the positives out of that,” he told whufc.com.
“Chelsea started better and it took us a while to settle into the game, but I felt after probably the first fifteen or twenty minutes, we grew into it, we did really well, and we created some good chances.
“I think we deservedly went in front, but we do need to do better for their first two goals. The first one’s a little bit difficult because Sophie Ingle took it first-time and it was a good finish, but with Ji’s, we definitely could have got out and blocked the shot.
“At 2-1 you’re chasing the game and we left ourselves a little vulnerable to the counter-attack, and unfortunately we’ve turned the ball over in injury-time, and they’ve broken and scored.”
Reading travel to the capital off the back of a 2-0 league defeat at in-form Manchester United. Fara Williams passed up a couple of decent opportunities for the Royals, while Kirsty Hanson and Jess Sigsworth faired better in front of goal to wrap things up for United.
Group One North
Durham Women v Coventry United Ladies (Noon)
Sheffield United Women v Blackburn Ladies
Group One South
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Arsenal Women
London Bees v Charlton Athletic Women
Bristol City Women v London City Lionesses
Group Two North
Everton12:30Manchester United Women (12:30pm)
Manchester City Women v Birmingham City Women