Welcome to this week’s update from the Bristol City Women Supporters’ Club.
It was a case of massive disappointment for us Bristol City supporters on Sunday as we lost the huge FA Women’s Super League relegation six-pointer at home to Liverpool 1-0 with Rachel Furness’ 13th-minute strike proving to be the difference.
It was another poor home performance from The Vixens and we are now without a victory at the Stoke Gifford Stadium since 27 January last year when we beat Yeovil Town. Since then, we have played nine home matches in the FA Women’s Super League and seven of them have resulted in defeat.
Against Liverpool, we were left with our heads in our hands in the vital moment of the match as Charlie Wellings missed a second half penalty. The defeat leaves us sitting precariously at the foot of the table just below Liverpool by virtue of our very poor goal difference, although it was a success off the field as over 1000 spectators came to watch.
The mood amongst the fans was much more positive the night before the game as Bristol City announced three incoming player transfers in Jeon Ga-Eul, Faye Bryson and Megan Wynne. It was good to see the latter two make there debuts against Liverpool and all of us here at the supporters club would like to give all three players a big Bristol welcome and hope their time with us is successful.
At half-time in the Liverpool game, yours truly was selected to participate in the ‘crossbar challenge’ and failed miserably. Perhaps I should have copied our resident New Zealand player Olivia Chance who agonisingly hit the bar during the match. In other news off the pitch, we were delighted to welcome Deborah Dilworth from the Football Supporters Association to the Stoke Gifford Stadium. We had a productive meeting with her after the match as she told us all about all the exciting ways in which her organisation can help us fans.
This weekend brings our first match in this year’s Women’s FA Cup as we host Durham in the fourth round, a repeat of last year’s fifth round tie when the FA Women’s Championship side caused a shock by winning 2-0 with Lisa Robertson scoring both goals. There is a feeling that we have a score to settle in this rematch as despite what was a poor Bristol City performance, we believed that The Wildcats’ approach was very physical and the referee struggled to keep control of the game as a result. We also lost a key player to injury in that tie with the referee making the wrong decision as a result in my opinion. Both teams’ only other previous meetings were in the FA Women’s Super League 2 in 2016. We drew 0-0 away in Durham while Bristol City won the return match 1-0 thanks to a Olivia Fergusson goal.
Our last two Women’s FA Cup fourth round matches have brought mixed fortunes for us. We lost 3-1 at Everton despite going ahead in 2017/2018 while last season, we beat AFC Wimbledon 3-0 at Carshalton Athletic FC.
I will be back again next week with another update.
Rich Paish [founder of BCWFC-SC]