by Andrew Crawshaw
After an Interlul Ladies Womens Super League matches re-start this weekend with a home game at Meadow Park Borehamwood against Sunderland Ladies. Kick-off is 14:00 on Saturday 25 June.
Here is the current League Table
Manchester City are, so far at least, the team to beat with Chelsea close on their heels. Arsenal, on the face of it a long way behind but do have games in hand over all of the teams above us. Our two losses are to City and Chelsea, our draw was against Birmingham.
In our game against City we were reduced to ten players with Jemma Rose being dismissed for a trip in the first half, despite City player Houghton giving away a free kick for a very similar offence earlier in the game. It seems as though it isn’t only the men’s teams who are suffering from selective refereeing this season.
In the Chelsea game we dominated for large portions of the game but never really looked like getting a result.
Our draw was against Birmingham, who were far more physical and allowed to intimidate our players.
We did get revenge over Chelsea on 14 May in the FA Cup Final running out winners through an excellent shot by Dan Carter in the 18th minute of the game. Since then, our team has had a trip to the USA where we drew with Seattle Reign and there has been a round of international matches.
Leah Williamson is probably out for the rest of the season as she picked up a bad ankle injury eight minutes into the Seattle game. She has had surgery and is now on the long road to recovery. Best wishes to her from us of all at Untold.
As I said, the match is at the Meadow Park ground, Borehamwood, kick off 14:00 on Saturday. Tickets are £6 adults, £3 concessions and there is a family ticket for £15 (2 adults and 2 children U16). There is always a good atmosphere, games are children friendly and the catering is quite adequate (jumbo sausages/hot dogs are £3.50, other options available). There is an adjacent public car park (but get there early) and Elstree and Borehamwood Station (Network Rail) is about a 25 minute walk away.
Here is a link to buy tickets, they are available on the gate but it is better to buy on line and print them out at home.
We played Sunderland in the FA Cup and ran our convincing 5 – 0 winners, and I’m hopeful of a repeat performance this time.
Given our less than stellar start to the season there is no scope for any more losses if we are to force our way into the top two in the league and get entry into the Champions League for 2017/18. We have the players to do it but need better all round performances than those we have produced so far.
Our possible team for Saturday
Sari Van Veenendaal
Alex Scott (c), Casey Stoney, Josephene Henning, Emma Mitchell
Diminique Janssen, Jordan Nobbs, Kelly Smith, Dan Carter, Asisat Oshaola
Subs – Emma Byrne (GK), Fara Williams, Vicky Losada, Marta Corredera, Danielle Van de Donk, Natalia Pablos Sanchon
Looking a little further ahead, the Ladies next games are Birmingham v Arsenal on Wednesday 29 June, ko 19:45; Chelsea v Arsenal on Sunday 17 July ko 15:00 and Arsenal v Liverpool on Sunday 31 July at Borehamwood ko 15:00 (all shown live on BT Sport in UK). There is also a non-televised game on 10 July at Borehamwood against Notts County Ladies with a 14:00 kick off
I’m expecting to be at the ground on Saturday and will hopefully have a post game celebratory piece for Sunday.
The Under 18, Under 19, and Under 21 squads.
Part one – Overview and summary
Part two – Goalkeepers and defenders
Part three – Midfield
Part four – Attackers
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