The FA Women’s Super League, Championship and SSE Women’s FA Cup fixtures – Sunday, February 23

FA Women’s Super League

West Ham United v Liverpool (3pm)

Floundering West Ham will be looking for a return to winning ways when relegation-threatened Liverpool are the visitors to Rush Green on Sunday.

Three defeats in their last four FAWSL matches coupled with an FA Cup exit has seen the Hammers season somewhat peter out and following a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Reading last time out, defender, Laura Vetterlein, called for more consistency in all areas from her team.

“We don’t necessarily have that answer to what’s been not going right,” Vetterlein told www.whufc.com.

“I think we’ve always shown character and the desire to fight, so I don’t think our work ethic has been a problem. 

“It’s more about the little details. They aren’t clicking for us at the moment. Sometimes we’ll make it to the final third but make the wrong decision. It’s little things that are costing us the points. We have to try to fix that as quickly as possible so we can win our next few games.”

Visitors, Liverpool, are currently second from bottom. However, two draws and a win from their last five matches suggests the Merseysiders are turning things around.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Tottenham Hotspur (2pm)

Spurs return to FAWSL action, buoyed by their most recent performance which saw them progress to the quarter-final stages of the SEE FA Cup.

Rianna Dean – aided by two spot-kicks – bagged a- hat-trick, while Siri Worm and Lucia Leon also on target as the Lilywhites dispatched Coventry United by five unanswered goals to set up a last-eight tie with Arsenal or Lewes.

Speaking to www.tottenhamhotspur.com after the match, Head Coach Karen Hills, enthused: “I couldn’t be happier, the first time we’ve managed to get into the quarter-finals of the Cup, I’m really proud of all the girls. They went out and executed everything we asked of them. 

“Rianna Dean scoring a hat-trick was fantastic, Lucia Leon scoring as well and Siri Worm with another set-piece and we kept a clean sheet so all in all, it was a good night’s work. We made changes again tonight, we have a fantastic squad and we believe in every single player and want to give them as many opportunities to play as possible and they took their chance tonight. 

“I thought Angela Addison did well, Lucia (Leon) was fantastic and the subs who came on were outstanding too. Arsenal or Lewes next in the FA Cup is an exciting draw and we’re really looking forward to it. 

“Whoever we play, we’re just pleased we’ve got ourselves into a fantastic position in the Cup and it’s a momentous moment for us to get into the quarter-finals.”

Spurs now face a Brighton side occupying a place in the bottom half of the table, having won three of their fifteen league matches to date.

Elsewhere in the FAWSL…

Everton Women v Manchester United Women

Birmingham City Women v Bristol City Women

Manchester City Women v Chelsea Women

FA Women’s Championship

London Bees v Durham Women

Leicester City Women v Charlton Athletic Women

London City Lionesses v Crystal Palace Women

Aston Villa Women v Coventry United Ladies

SSE Women’s FA Cup Fifth Round 

Arsenal v Lewes – 1pm

Arsenal face Lewes in a rescheduled fifth-round tie at Meadow Park after the game initially fell foul of the inclement weather conditions caused by Storm Dennis.

The Gunners have won the FA Cup a record fourteen times and will need no further incentive with a quarter-final clash with North London rivals, Tottenham Hotspur, the reward for progressing.

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Brian Jeeves

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