The FA Women’s Super League and Championship – Previews – Fixtures – Sunday, October 18

Sunday, October 18
FA Women’s Super League
West Ham United Women v Manchester United Women (12:30pm)

West Ham’s wait for an FAWSL victory continues, although the East Londoners produced a spirited performance against an Everton side defending a perfect record since the start of the campaign.

“We were the better teams at times today,” Hammers skipper, Gilly Flaherty told www.whufc.com.

“Everton should be where they are in the league with the teams they’ve played. But I think the score-line today casts the wrong impression. We should have come away with something.

“We one-hundred per cent thought we could get back into it. You could see in our reaction and the way we kept fighting. We then probably had our best spell, at that point, but we were just pushing so hard and then tiredness creeps in.

“Both sides played midweek games and, for us, the majority of our players playing today also played in that midweek game, the full 90 minutes and then penalties. That’s not an excuse though, but it does have a factor. You exert even more. We just need to regroup now for the massive game next weekend.”

But West Ham faces another tough test when Manchester United are the visitors to the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

United have established themselves amongst the pacesetters following a string of impressive summers signing. The Red Devils won by a goal to nil at Tottenham last time out – Millie Turner’s looping header providing the decisive moment midway through the second half.

Arsenal Women v Tottenham Hotspur Women (2:30pm)

Arsenal will be looking to complete an early-season double, of sorts, over North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, at Meadow Park.

The Gunners triumphed by four unanswered goals when the pair went head-to-head a fortnight ago in a Women’s FA Cup quarter-final tie held over from last season, with Lisa Evans bagging a hat-trick. And they will be keen to extend their one hundred per cent FAWSL record against their traditional rivals.

Arsenal warmed up for the derby with a 5-0 triumph at Brighton. Vivianne Miedema netted three times during the win, taking her to 49 FAWSL goals – level with the competitions all-time record scorer, Nikita Parris.

Spurs produced an impressive performance against Manchester United at the Hive last weekend. However, the Lilywhites remain without a victory following Millie Turner’s second-half winner for the visitors.

“It’s really disappointing,” Spurs Head Coach, Karen Hills, told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.

“The girls worked their socks off today, I thought they were outstanding but unfortunately the one goal cost us. If that early chance goes in, maybe it’s a different story.

“That’s what we tried to work on, being aggressive and on the front foot in the opening part of the game. We obviously created the opportunity and unfortunately, it didn’t go in.

“If it had gone in, maybe we’d have been able to hold onto something but the girls were outstanding from minute one all the way to the final minute – I can’t give them any more credit. It just goes to show that we’re going in the right direction. It just comes down to that fine margin of conceding on a set-piece.”

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…
Everton Women v Brighton & Hove Albion Women (1pm)
Bristol City Women v Birmingham City Women (2pm)
Reading Women v Manchester City Women (2pm)

FA Women’s Championship
London Bees v Durham Women (Noon)
Sheffield United Women v Lewes Women (1pm)
Blackburn Ladies v London City Lionesses (2pm)
Charlton Athletic Women v Coventry United Ladies (2pm)
Crystal Palace Women v Leicester City Women (2pm)

FA Women’s National League – Northern Premier Division
(Kick-off – all 2pm)
Derby Ladies v Fylde Ladies
Huddersfield Town Ladies v Nottm Forest Ladies
Hull City Ladies v West Bromwich Albion WFC
Loughborough Foxes WFC v Burnley Women
Stoke Ladies v Middlesbrough Ladies
Sunderland Ladies v Sheffield Ladies

FA Women’s National League – Southern Premier Division
Gillingham Ladies v Keynsham Ladies (2pm)
Oxford United Women v Cardiff Ladies (2pm)
Plymouth Argyle Ladies v MK Dons Ladies (2:30pm)
Watford Ladies v Yeovil Town Women (3pm)

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Brian Jeeves

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