Saturday, November 14
The FA Women’s Super League
Bristol City Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (6:30pm)
Spurs – boosted by the inclusion of USA two-time World Cup winner, Alex Morgan, head west looking to secure their first FAWSL victory of what so far has been a frustrating campaign.
Morgan arrived as a second-half substitute during last weekends 1-1 draw with Reading, a result which saw the Lilywhites slip next to bottom. However, the North Londoners must target a Robins side propping up the division, without a point and having conceded a whopping 28 goals from their five matches to date.
Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com after their hard-fought draw with the Royals, Spurs boss, Karen Hills, said: “I thought both teams battled really well and you saw that nearly every player was on their knees after the game, so they gave absolutely everything until the final whistle,” said Karen.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game, it panned out that way and we’re thankful that we managed to come back and get the draw. We were mentally strong in that first half, especially when we went a goal down – the girls regrouped really well. We’ll be honest, we didn’t start as well as we were hoping to, we had to build ourselves into the game and I thought we did that.”
Speaking about Morgan’s debut, Karen enthused: “Alex has been excellent, working really hard. It’s taken her a little bit of time but she’s come on today really excited to get some minutes. We know what Alex is about, we know her mentality and we know that having someone of her calibre on the pitch is just going to help us grow even more into the final third. She came on, worked hard and I’m so pleased that Alex is now on the pitch – that will give the girls a lot of belief that we can finish in key moments.”
Elsewhere in the FA Women’s Super League…
Manchester United Women v Manchester City Women (12:30pm)
Aston Villa Women v Birmingham City Women (2:30pm)
Everton Women v Reading Women (4:30pm)
Sunday, November 15
The FA Women’s Super League
West Ham United Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women (12:30pm)
West Ham boss, Mark Beard, welcomed his sides return to form and has called for more of the same ahead of their clash with Hope Powell’s Brighton & Hove Albion side.
The Hammers followed up a 3-0 continental Cup victory over Reading by earning their first FAWSL three-point haul against Birmingham City at Solihull Moors, with Emily van Egmond providing the decisive goal in a 2-1 success. And with the Seagulls followed swiftly with a Conti Cup clash against Charlton Athletic, Beard’s focus remained very much on continued progress: “Both of these games this week were must-win for us,” he told www.whufc.com.
“We said, in November, that these are games that we feel we can win and we can use to kick-start our season.
“Hopefully, by the end of the month and as we enter the international break, we’ll have another three league points under our belts and we’ll be through in the Continental League Cup, and we can look back on this month as a turning point.”
Arsenal Women v Chelsea Women (2pm)
A late goal from Manchester United’s Ella Toone put pay to Arsenal’s 100% start to the FAWSL season and no they face a further examination of their resolve when champions, Chelsea, visit Meadow Park on Sunday.
“We’re at fault. We were beaten by the better side tonight,” Gunners chief, Joe Montemurro confessed.
“It’s about ability, and doing what you need to do under the circumstances – we didn’t. They were better than us.
“They deserved to win over the 90 minutes and I can look at the tactical structures, the organisation and where we didn’t do things, but in the end, we weren’t able to cope with what Man Utd threw at us.”
Chelsea extended their winning sequence to four matches with n impressive 4-0 demolition of Everton – Bethany England netting twice, while Ji So-yun and Pernille Harder were also on target in a ruthless performance.
However, despite beating Arsenal 4-1 in the Conti Cup last month, Blues boss, Emma Hayes, insisted the North Londoners possessed one of the games special talents.
“I think Miedema is at the best level I’ve ever seen her, she really is,” she told www.chelseafc.com.
“I saw her goals mid-week, they’ve got a team that score for fun, I think they’ve gone up a level with the quality in front of goal this year.
“I’m no fool, I know that Arsenal have recovered from last year and that they are a different level.
“The Continental Cup is a different game, I think the league fixture will be closely fought and as you know players like Miedema are such a difference-maker among other players in their team.”
FA Women’s Championship
Sunday, November 15
Blackburn Ladies v Liverpool Women
Charlton Athletic Women v London City Lionesses
Coventry United Ladies v Leicester City Women
London Bees v Lewes Women
Sheffield United Women v Durham Women