Its been another tough week for us Bristol City supporters.
After last week’s 11-1 mauling at Arsenal, we all thought we had a good chance of beating Birmingham City at home, a team down there with us at the wrong end of the FA Women’s Super League table. It wasn’t meant to be as we lost 2-0 in horrible wet conditions.
We lost influential midfielder Carla Humphrey to an injury in the warm-up which didn’t help matters and despite trying to rally in the second half, we paid the price for another poor first half performance. We have now not won in 15 FA Women’s Super League games, a run dating back to January of this year and question marks will be raised over whether Tanya Oxtoby is the right person to continue to lead The Vixens. In a poll which we ran on our supporters club Facebook page this week, more fans wanted a change in management than wanted the Australian to stay.
Losing the game wasn’t the only thing that went wrong on Sunday. Two of us supporters club members, Billy East and myself, were selected to take part in the crossbar challenge, a new welcome addition to the matchday experience at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. Sadly, due to the wet conditions, it was postponed and we will both try again at this Sunday’s home game.
On the plus side, some of us got to have a chat and a photo with ex-Bristol City players Lucy Staniforth and Chloe Arthur who are now playing for Birmingham City. Both players enjoyed the bit of banter which we gave them on the pitch when we sang “You’re a Vixen in disguise.”
This Sunday is our final match of 2019 and it would be nice to end a disappointing year on the pitch with a win against a very organized West Ham United team led by Matt Beard who I personally have the upmost respect for. After the game, we are going to have our Christmas drinks at our local pub near the ground, lets hope we are toasting a victory and not drowning our sorrows. If you are in the Bristol area and wish to take a game in please come on down.
I look forward to next week’s update where we are hopefully here with some positive news.
Rich Paish (founder of Bristol City Women Supporters’ Club – @BCWFC_SC)