The FA Women’s Super League and Championship fixtures – Sunday, December 15

FA Women’s Super League

Reading Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (2pm)

Tottenham Hotspur head to Reading looking to record back-to-back FAWSL victories after Ashleigh Neville’s second-half goal was enough to see off Brighton & Hove Albion at the Hive last weekend.

As a result, Spurs moved above Sunday’s opponents into sixth place – this after Reading went down 3-0 to Arsenal. And boss, Karen Hills, told just how important the victory was to the North Londoners.

“It’s a massive result for us,” she explained.

“We always want to get more points on the board and I thought today was a very tough and challenging game but thankfully we’ve managed to get the three points, which is great off the back of what’s been quite a tough period.

“It was a really end-to-end, very physical game. Both teams were quite close together in terms of the physical element of the game. I thought the conditions played a bit of a part but we deserved the win at the end, in the last five minutes they were piling a lot of pressure on but I thought we absorbed it really, really well, we stood really strong, we were resilient in those last five minutes and we showed we’ve got that quality and that character to really try and dig out games. 

“We also talk about game management – we’ve got to try to actually manage games and make sure that we can hold a lead as well and I was really pleased with how we did that today.”

Bristol City Women v West Ham United Women (3pm)

West Ham United had to be content with a share of the spoils against rock-bottom Liverpool after the pair played out a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park ground.

Adriana Leon handed the east Londoners and early lead. However, the Reds picked up only their second point of the season thanks to a late strike from Niamh Charles.

This result left West Ham floundering in eighth place as their season continues to fluctuate. They will be looking for a return to winning ways this weekend against a Bristol City side, who like Liverpool, are without a win to their name all season.

The Robins currently sit next to bottom in the table. Recently, they suffered a record FAWSL defeat – going down 11-1 to league champions, Arsenal. Despite showing signs of improvement, City were beaten 2-0 by Birmingham City last time out – Lucy Whipp and Abbi Grant on target for the Blues.

Elsewhere in the FAWSL… 

Everton Women v Arsenal Women (12:30pm)

Birmingham City Women v Manchester United Women (2pm)

Liverpool Women v Chelsea Women (2pm)

Manchester City Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women (2pm)

FA Women’s Championship

Crystal Palace Women v Durham Women (1pm)

Leicester City Women v Sheffield United Women (2pm)

Lewes Women v Charlton Athletic Women (2pm)

London Bees v Blackburn Ladies (2pm)

Aston Villa Women v London City Lionesses (3pm)


Brian Jeeves

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