WSL 2 Preview

Durham Women FC v Doncaster Rovers Belles 

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(Thursday, May 21, 7.30pm, New Ferens Park, Adults £4, Children £1.50)

Doncaster Rovers Belles could climb back to the top of FAWSL 2 with victory over low-lying Durham tomorrow (Thursday).

They slipped to second last week after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of promotion rivals Reading FC, who face Millwall Lionesses on Friday.

This was their first home game defeat since September 2013 and first loss this term.
But Glen Harris’ Belles must put last week’s disappointment behind them if they are to build on the 3-0 victory over Durham in the first game this season.

Currently lying in eighth spot in the league, Durham have won just twice this term against Oxford and London Bees, who are propping up the table.

And a crushing 4-1 defeat to Aston Villa last weekend will do nothing to boost the ladies’ confidence.

Two former Belles players will face their old club; Jemma Purfield and Helen Alderson.

Durham’s top goal-scorer Amelia Pereira, who has netted four times for the club, missed last week’s game and may not be fit in time, while the Belles have no injury concerns.

Reading FC Women v Millwall Lionesses

(Friday, May 22, 7.45pm, Madejeski Stadium, Adults £4, Concession £2 in advance. Adults £5, Concessions £2.50 at the ground)

Table-toppers Reading FC will look to extend their lead at the top of FAWSL 2 as they face Millwall Lionesses at home.

After an emphatic 3-0 win over their promotion-rivals Doncaster, they sit at the top of FAWSL 2 on points difference and will be keeping a very close eye on the Belles’ result against Durham tomorrow night.

Lauren Bruton will be looking to add to her goal tally, after scoring twice against the Belles.

However the Lionesses, sitting in fourth spot in the table, are also fresh from a 3-2 victory over Watford Ladies and will be travelling to the Madejeski Stadium full of confidence.

Millwall are so far unbeaten, although they had to dig deep to keep the Golden Girls at bay last weekend with an Ashlee Hincks’ free kick sealing the win.

The Royals have started the #1000fanschallenge for this match too, to see if they can get 1000 fans through the gates to watch the women.

Watford Ladies FC v Yeovil Town Ladies FC

(Sunday May 24, 2pm, Berkhamsted FC, Adults £4, Concessions £2)

Yeovil Town Ladies will be aiming to close the gap on the top two as they travel to take on lowly Watford Ladies this Sunday.

After a 1-0 win against Everton Ladies last weekend thanks to Helen Bleazard’s second-half goal, Yeovil are in third spot in the table and just three points behind both Doncaster Belles and Reading.

Watford, who are second from bottom in the FAWSL 2 table, will be looking to bounce back from a narrow defeat last weekend to Millwall Lionesses.

This was not a match without controversy, as Watford’s Anneka Nuttall scored and received a red card and the Golden Girls’ boss John Saloman accused the Lionesses of “acting”.

This match is also free for Watford FC season ticket holders.

Oxford United Women v Everton Ladies FC

(Sunday May 24, 2pm, Abingdon United FC, Adults £5, Concessions £2)

Oxford host Everton Ladies in high spirits on Sunday, for what is sure to a competitive game between two evenly-matched sides.

The U’s extended their unbeaten run to three matches last weekend with a 2-1 win over London Bees, thanks to goals from Kayleigh Hines and Katie Stanley.

They sit fifth in the table firmly in the belief they can continue to record more wins, with Everton one spot below them.

The visiting side fell to a bitterly disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of third-placed Yeovil Town last weekend.

While boss Andy Spence was frustrated that the final score did not match his view of the game,he was buoyed to see Channy Boye-Hlorkah back on the pitch after a long spell out with injury.

Aston Villa Ladies FC v London Bees

(Sunday May 24, 2pm, Sutton Coldfield Central Ground, Adults £3, Concessions £1)

Ever-improving Aston Villa host last-placed London Bees on Sunday, fresh from a 4-1 thrashing of Durham.

Two goals apiece from Beth Merrick and Olivia Fergusson ensured a comfortable victory for the mid-table side and head coach Joe Hunt was full of praise, saying that it was their best game of football played so far.

They will be looking to exact a similar punishment on London Bees, who are yet to pick up a FAWSL 2 win this season.

Despite a more assured and promising performance, the Bees fell to a 2-1 defeat to Oxford United last weekend, their fourth consecutive defeat.

While boss Julian Broomes was disappointed his side did not pick up at least a point from the game, he praised the ladies for “their most complete performance yet” and firmly believes there is much more to come.

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