The FA Women’s Super League and Championship fixtures – Sunday, February 2

Brian Jeeves

FA Women’s Super League


Chelsea Women v West Ham United Women (2pm)

West Ham United face another huge test when they return to FAWSL action at title-chasing Chelsea on Sunday.

The Hammers slipped out of the SSE Women’s FA Cup last time out, with Head Coach, Matt Beard, offering a brutally honest assessment as a strong Arsenal side won at Rush Green thanks to goals either side of the interval from Katie McCabe and Lia Walti.

“We showed Arsenal far too much respect in the first half,” Beard explained to www.whufc.com.

“We were worried about players on the weak side that were not going to be involved in the play. I felt we shot ourselves in the foot. We gifted them their opportunities and that was the frustrating thing.

“We worked in the week on beating Arsenal’s press, because they get six players and press you, and once you break through that, you need to stretch and get in behind. Once we’ve done that we were turning back and going backwards though. The wing-back wasn’t releasing themselves and we were causing ourselves problems.

“I felt, in the second half, we dominated until they got the second goal. But the difference is that they had three really good chances and scored two, and we had two really good chances and we’ve not scored. That’s what cost us the game.”

Tottenham Hotspur Women v Bristol City Women (2pm)

Tottenham Hotspur warmed up for Sunday’s FAWSL clash with struggling Bristol City by thrashing Barnsley in the SSE Women’s FA Cup.

A couple from Rianna Dean along with further goals from Siri Worm, Gemma Davison and Elisha Sulola confirmed the North Londoners progress, much to the delight of Head Coach, Karen Hills said: “I thought we worked exceptionally hard and it was a professional performance with five goals, a clean sheet and we’re into the next round so we’re really pleased with it,” she told www.tottenhamhotspur.com

“We have some fantastic players here but we can only pick 11 and they’ve all been working so hard in training so today was an opportunity for us to give some of the players a chance to show what they can do. I thought they all did very well and I’m really proud of them all.

“Elisha (Sulola) came on and she’s been excellent this season in the Development Squad. She’s been training with us and showed today that she can fit into the midfield well. She is young, enthusiastic and has the desire to do well and I couldn’t be more pleased to see her score today and you could see from the reaction just how happy all the girls were for her.”

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…

Liverpool Women v Birmingham City Women
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Everton Women
Manchester City Women v Arsenal Women
Reading Women v Manchester United Women

FA Women’s Championship


Blackburn Ladies v Durham Women
Leicester City Women v Lewes Women
London City Lionesses v Coventry United Ladies
Sheffield United Women v Crystal Palace Women
Aston Villa Women v Charlton Athletic Women

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Brian Jeeves

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