The FA Women’s Super League and FA Cup fixtures – Sunday, January 5

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FA Women’s Super League

West Ham United v Everton (3pm)

WEST HAM UNITED could include new signing, Grace Fisk, for their FAWSL clash with Everton at Rush Green – this after the England under 20 international defender linked up with the east Londoners from the University of South Carolina.

Subject to international clearance, Fisk will bolster the Hammers defensive options and the 21-year-old is clearly delighted to have made the move to the capital.

“I am so excited to join West Ham United,” she told www.whufc.com.
“Once I came and had a look at the set up here, I know straight away that this was where I would want to come and play.

“I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen from West Ham in the first half of the season. There’s some real quality in this team and some nice, friendly people as well. I can’t wait to get started.”

It has been a patchy campaign from Matt Beard’s side to date. However, a dramatic victory over Manchester United followed by a draw at struggling Liverpool has moved the Hammers clear of the dropzone.

Visitors, Everton, currently occupy a place in the top half of the table. But the Merseysiders will be keen to get back on track after suffering back-to-back league defeats at the hands of Manchester United and champions, Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City (2pm)

SPURS face a huge test when Manchester City visit the Hive on Sunday.

The North Londoners have won just one of their last five matches, while second-placed City have suffered defeat once during the same sequence.

Nevertheless, it has been a positive start to life in the FAWSL for Tottenham. Huge crowds have witnessed their league matches with Chelsea, West Ham and Arsenal.

However, they have not faced competitive action since a week before Christmas and will be keen to bounce back from a 3-1 defeat handed out on that occasion by Reading at Adams Park.

Head Coach, Karen Hills, was left with mixed feelings at full-time, telling www.tottenhamhotspur.com: “I was really impressed with our performance in the first half. We know how strong Reading are and we dealt with their set-pieces really well, especially early on.

I think we grew into the game from there and we had some fantastic opportunities so we went in at half-time feeling really positive, but we knew that it would be a tough fight in the second half.

“It’s all about learning, we were ahead and then to lose 3-1 is frustrating and the players are really disappointed with how we conceded the goals but we’ve just got to learn from it, move on and be better next time.”

Spurs will be without midfielder, Rachel Furness, who has been recalled from her loan spell by her parent club, Reading, after making 11 appearances for the Lilywhites in the FAWSL and Continental League Cup.

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…

Manchester United v Bristol City
Chelsea v Reading
Arsenal v Birmingham City
Brighton & Hove Albion v Liverpool

Women’s FA Cup Third Round

Billericay Town v Actonians
Burnley v Nottingham Forest
Fylde v Sunderland
Ipswich Town v Portsmouth
Brighouse Town v Barnsley
Cardiff v Southampton
Loughborough Foxes v Huddersfield Town
Southampton FC v West Bromwich Albion
Watford v Plymouth Argyle

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Brian Jeeves

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