A general view of Lewes Women Dripping Pan Stadium Lewes Women v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FA Women's Championship football match, The Dripping Pan Stadium, Lewes, UK - 14 Oct 2018 Photo: Robin Parker for The FA

PRE-SEASON: Weekend pre-season friendly fixture round-up

A number of FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship clubs have been in action this weekend as they continue their preparations for the new season.

The start of the 2019/2020 FA Women’s Super League campaign is just six weeks away while the FA Women’s Championship host their opening fixtures in three weeks’ time.

On Friday night, second tier club Aston Villa took on top flight side Everton at Boldmere St Michaels. Villa have recruited well this summer but they fell behind to The Blue Girls early in the second half. Gemma Davies’ side battled back with Melissa Johnson levelling matters before a stunning goal from Asmita Ale secured a 2-1 win for the home side.

Arsenal kicked-off Sunday’s action with Joe Montemurro’s side taking on Bayern Munich in the Emirates Cup at the men’s 60,260-capacity Emirates Stadium. German international midfielder Melanie Leupolz netted the only goal of the match midway through the first half as The Gunners fell to a narrow defeat. It was a day to forget for Arsenal forward Danielle Carter who left the field with another injury.

Tottenham Hotspur gave five of their summer signings their first starts for the club as they travelled to Southampton for their opening pre-season friendly. Chloe Peplow scored a debut double while there were also goals for Rianna Dean,  Coral-Jade Haines (two), Josie Green and Jessica Naz as Spurs recorded a thumping 7-0 win.

Coventry United have opted against publishing all of their pre-season results in fairness to their opponents, however, it is understood that they put up a fantastic fight against Liverpool in the West Midlands. The newly-promoted FA Women’s Championship side netted two goals as they lost 4-2 to a Liverpool side who are already three games into their pre-season programme. Jess Clarke, Becky Jane, Niamh Charles and Ashley Hodson were on target for The Reds while Melissa Lawley created two of her side’s goals.

Finally, Lewes took on a Watford side which included several trialists at the Dripping Pan. Striker Katie Rood fired The Rookettes in-front but two late second half goals from the visitors turned the game on its head as Fran Alonso’s side were stung by The Hornets.

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