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FA Women’s Super League (2pm unless stated)
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR WOMEN v Liverpool Women – Preview:
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR WOMEN take on their Liverpool counterparts at the altogether more tranquil surroundings of the HIve, home of Barnet FC – just a week after their Super League clash with much-fancied Chelsea attracted a league-record crowd of 24,564 to Stamford Bridge.
Rachel Furness and Gemma Davison passed up decent opportunities for Spurs. However, it was the Blues who ran out winners – Beth England with the only goal of an entertaining contest – beating Spurs stopper, Becky Spencer, from fully 25-yards with a fizzing strike.
Despite the loss, Spencer gleened positives from the clash against one of the countries top teams: “We were disappointed not to get anything out of the game but, for our first Women’s Super League game, I thought we really stuck together as a unit and we showed what we’re about,” she told www.tottenhamhotspur.com
“Everyone put their bodies on the line for each other and I think that shows what kind of a team we are.
“We can take the positives from that and obviously look at the things we need to work on but, overall, while we’re not happy (with the result), we know that we’ve got more to give and the result shows that we’re not just here to make up the numbers.”
Liverpool arrive in the capital having also tasted defeat on the opening day. A stunning free-kick from Fara Williams handing Reading a single-goal success at Prenton Park, home of Tranmere Rovers.
WEST HAM UNITED WOMEN v Birmingham City Women (3pm) – Preview:
WEST HAM UNITED WOMEN will be looking to build on a positive performance at champions Arsenal by earning their first three points of the season against Birmingham City at Rush Green on Sunday afternoon.
The Hammers trailed by two unanswered goals from Beth Mead and Jill Roord at the break. However, Martha Thomas nodded the East Londoners back into the contest, forcing the Gunners to defend resolutely in order to record the victory.
West Ham skipper, Gilly Flaherty, spoke to www.whufc.com about what was the proverbial ‘game of two halves’ but was generally pleased with her side: “We’ll learn from it and, luckily, it’s the first game of the season so we know that we can’t play against Birmingham the way we did in the first half. We have to make changes this week on the training pitch.
On goalscorer, Thomas – making her West Ham debut – Flaherty added: “Martha is great in the air, she can hold the ball up, and she gets herself in fantastic positions. It was a fantastic header that was well worthy of a goal and she was unlucky not to come away with a few more today.
“Our new signings have come in and we have to teach them the way that we want to play and our DNA. They’ve adapted brilliantly, they are professional footballers and lots of them have come from professional environments too.
“They are used to the training; they’ve played in international leagues and they are used to the standard that we want to be at. They’ve increased us and have made us a better team.”
Visitors Birmingham also got off to a losing start. An own goal from Kerys Harrop shortly after half-time handing visitors, Everton, the points at the SportNation.bet Stadium, home of Solihull Moors FC.
Everton Ladies v Bristol City Women (12:30pm)
Reading Women v Manchester City Women (12:30pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion Women v Chelsea Women
FA Women’s Championship (2pm unless stated)
Blackburn Rovers v Sheffield United
CHARLTON ATHLETIC v LONDON CITY LIONESSES
Coventry United v Lewes
CRYSTAL PALACE v Aston Villa
Leicester City v LONDON BEES
FA Women’s National League – Southern Premier Division (2pm unless stated)
Chichester City Ladies v Cardiff Ladies
Crawley Wasps Ladies v WATFORD LADIES
MK Dons Ladies v HOUNSLOW LADIES
Plymouth Argyle Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies