It has been a surprisingly good week for us Vixens fans with us having witnessed our side’s progression in the Women’s FA Cup despite being handed a difficult tie.
The first piece of good news was that we secured the services of Australian international Chloe Logarzo from Australian W-League side Sydney FC just before the transfer deadline. Chloe has joined us on an 18-month contract which is good news as we look to build for next year, hopefully with us still being in the FA Women’s Super League. We know very little about her except that she is a good technical player, she is a regular in the Matildas team and is a proven winner. All of us at Bristol City Women Supporters’ Club look forward to welcoming her with open arms when she arrives in the West Country in mid-February after the latest round of Olympic qualifying matches.
As mentioned above, hosted Durham last Sunday in a Women’s FA Cup fourth round grudge rematch after The Wildcats knocked us out of the competition last year. Despite there being a very low attendance at the Stoke Gifford Stadium, mainly due to the horrendous weather conditions, a few of us die hard supporters stood in the rain for over two hours singing our songs as the entertaining tie was won in extra-time with our young striker Katie Robinson grabbing the winner in the 103rd minute. That was our first home goal since Charlie Wellings scored against London City Lionesses in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup on 3 November. Following the match, we had another post-game gathering in the warmth of our local pub where we welcomed another new member who ironically is a passionate Bristol Rovers men’s fan.
This week’s ‘Vixen of the Match’ went to new signing Faye Bryson who put in a superb shift against Durham and narrowly pipped goalscorer Robinson to the award.
Monday evening saw us as the first name out of the hat in the Women’s FA Cup fifth round draw. We will host Everton on 16 February where I’m sure we will all relish a reunion with our former management team of Willie Kirk and Chris Roberts. We will also look forward to seeing last year’s Supporters Player of the Year runner-up Lucy Graham return to the Stoke Gifford Stadium. Last week, we presented a signed card to club captain Loren Dykes in recognition of her MBE which was extremely well received. It was also nice to receive a message from Faye Bryson’s dad saying how much he enjoyed the atmosphere which we create for the girls and the fact that we already have a song for his daughter.
This Sunday, a few of us will travel to London for our first trip to The Hive to play Spurs away in another vital FA Women’s Super League match. It is a trip that I personally am looking forward to. We were undone in the reverse fixture last October by two special Kit Graham strikes after Abi Harrison had put us ahead. The previous meeting before that game was a 2-0 away loss in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup in 2017.
Enjoy the weekend’s football and I’ll be back again next week.
Rich Paish [founder of BCWFC-SC]