West Ham United Women v Manchester United Women (3pm)
OUT OF SORTS West Ham United face another tough test when ever-improving Manchester United are the visitors to Rush Green on Sunday afternoon.
The Hammers campaign hasn’t ignited as yet, which was highlighted again last weekend as ten-woman Reading recovered a two-goal deficit to take all three FAWSL points with a thrilling 3-2 success in east London.
Goals from Katharina Baunach and Leanne Kiernan had seemingly sent West ham on the way to their third league victory of the season. A with the Royals a player light following the dismissal of Rachel Rowe, the crowd of 1,392 would largely have been shocked by what was to come.
Kristine Leine, Brooke Chaplen and Jade Moore turned the match on its head. Indeed, Reading hit the woodwork on three occasions as the visitors threatened to run away with it.
“I felt we started out really well and came out flying,” West Ham’s American defender Brooke Hendrix, bemoaned to www.whufc.com
“By half-time, we were a goal up and they had ten players, and it looked good for us. Even at the start of the second half, I thought we looked alright, but then we just let it slip.
“We were playing off each other well, getting into good positions, working for each other. I think it just got a little frantic towards the end, and that’s when we started to lose the momentum we had built up as far as how we wanted to play the game.
“If we look at the positives, I think we fought hard for a good 65 minutes, and now we’ve got to build off of that. We know that we can do it, and do it well, in the future.”
Manchester United head to East London sitting fifth in the FAWSL table with four victories from their last five outings. Last time out, United thrashed Brighton & Hove Albion by four unanswered goals. Leah Galton scoring twice, while Lauren James and Katie Zelem completed the rout.
Birmingham City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (2pm)
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR Joint Head Coach, Karen Hills, was frustrated with her side after they slipped to a fourth FAWSL defeat of the season as host’s Everton plundered the points.
“Overall it’s just disappointing to come up here and lose 3-1 but I go back to saying that they’re a good side and that’s football,” she told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“We’ve just got to pick ourselves up and look at ourselves, the players have to take accountability and I’m sure they’ll go away as disappointed about the result as we will.
“They have to take ownership of what happens out on the pitch. The work rate was there in patches but we need to be more clinical in terms of goals and we saw that with the final goal from Everton. That’s sometimes the difference – small margins – and today they were the better team.”
Lucy Quinn scored the Spurs consolation – she will be keen to get amongst the goals again against a Birmingham City side which shipped six against Chelsea last time out, despite the West Midlanders performance meriting far better than the 6-0 defeat they were handed.
Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Arsenal Women v Bristol City Women (12:30pm)
Everton Women v Chelsea Women (12:30pm)
Manchester City Women v Liverpool Women (2pm)
FA Women’s Championship
Coventry United Ladies v Durham Women
Crystal Palace Women v Charlton Athletic Women
Leicester City Women v Blackburn Ladies
London Bees v Aston Villa Women
London City Lionesses v Sheffield United Women
Women’s FA Cup Second Round
Billericay Town Ladies v Gillingham Ladies
Burnley Women v Hull City Ladies
Chichester City Ladies v Ipswich Town Ladies
Chorley Ladies v Brighouse Town Ladies
Derby Ladies v Nottm Forest Ladies
Keynsham Ladies v Watford Ladies
Oxford United Women v Plymouth Argyle Ladies
Southampton Women v MK Dons Ladies
Stoke Ladies v Huddersfield Town Ladies
Sunderland Ladies v Middlesbrough Ladies
West Bromwich Albion WFC v Lincoln City Ladies
Wolves Ladies v Fylde Ladies
Yeovil Town Women v Southampton FC Women
Actonians LFC v Crawley Wasps Ladies
Chester-Le-Street Town Ladies v Loughborough Foxes WFC
Hounslow WFC v Cardiff Ladies
Portsmouth Ladies v Leyton Orient WFC
Barnsley Women v Sheffield Ladies