The FA Women’s Super League – Previews – Fixtures – Friday, March 19 – Sunday 21

Friday, March 19
Arsenal Women v Manchester United Women (6:30pm)
Arsenal will be looking to close the gap on third-placed Manchester United when the pair go head-to-head at Boreham Wood on Friday evening.

The Gunners returned to form with back-to-back 4-0 victories over Aston Villa and Birmingham City. However, United will offer a far sterner challenge and currently hold an eight-point advantage in the race for a Champions League berth next term.

Sunday, March 21
FA Women’s Super League
Tottenham Hotspur Women v Bristol City Women (2pm)
Spurs arrested their recent slump with a point from a goalless draw at Reading. However, it is now five without a win for the Lilywhites who are now just four points above the dropzone

“I thought we played really well. We’ve come away from home and we’re in a battle to collect points,” Head Coach, Rehanne Skinner explained to www.thefa.com.

“To come away from home to a good side like Reading and keep a clean sheet and get a point – I’m really pleased.

“I’m happy that we’ve managed to keep the intensity up in the second half and we were able to make changes that allowed us to keep up the press.

“We should have taken points from our last two games based on our performances, so getting a point today is probably built on the foundations we laid down then.

“I think we still need a few points before we are safe, and that’s probably the case for every team from seventh down.

“The teams are all so close together on points, but we’re confident that with the way we’re working and playing we’ll still be in this league next season.”

Spurs will be looking to put daylight between themselves and bottom of the table Bristol City. Spurs should be wary – the Robins have made a fist of things lately, taking seven points from their last five matches.

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach, Rehanne Skinner (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

Around the FAWSL…
Chelsea retained the Conti Cup with a resounding 6-0 thrashing of Bristol City, then consolidated their position at the top of the FAWSL table with a comfortable 3-0 success at Everton during the week.

Boss, Emma Hayes confirmed the sta=ndards set by her side following the triumph on Merseyside: “Our team really impressed me. I was disappointed we weren’t 3-0 up at half-time and the dressing room was unhappy at things we could have done better.

“That’s fair enough because we weren’t clinical. But we kept creating chances and in the second half, it felt like a matter of time.”

Chelsea celebrate their FA Women’s Continental League Cup victory over Bristol City at Vicarage Road (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)

West Ham United edged off the bottom with a point against Birmingham City at Dagenham. However, the Hammers were left frustrated by the Blues equaliser five minutes into stoppage time.

“There were patches in the first half that were decent,” boss, Olli Harder explained.

We responded well in second half, obviously, scoring a goal, and the second one was excellent.

“They got one right at the end and if that’s the other way round we’d be celebrating like this – that’s why you play football.

“You’ve got to play right to the end, we played 94 today when we needed to play 95. But it’s a big point for us in terms of the bigger picture and it’s important for us to keep getting points.”

Kenza Dali looks for a route to goal during the Hammers 2-2 draw with Birmingham City (Kieran Galvin ActionFotoSport)
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