Prior to the suspension of the FA Women’s Championship, there was a fascinating relegation battle brewing between five clubs who were separated by just three points in the league table.
Blackburn Rovers, Crystal Palace, Lewes, Coventry United and Charlton Athletic were all in danger of the drop, although in reality, there may now be no relegation with the divisions below having been declared void due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
We have pulled together the statistics of the five clubs’ most-used goalkeepers, those being Fran Stenson (Blackburn Rovers), Lucy Gillett (Crystal Palace), Faye Baker (Lewes), Sue Wood (Coventry United) and Katie Startup (Charlton Athletic) to see just how their performances compare this season.
Only the bottom two clubs, Coventry United and Charlton Athletic have used the same goalkeeper in every game. Crystal Palace keeper Gillett has been fielded in 13 of her side’s 14 league games while Blackburn Rovers stopper Stenson and Lewes keeper Baker have both played three quarters of their respective sides’ games.
Coventry United keeper Wood has conceded the most goals this season (35), an average of 2.5 per game. Her side’s points per game average of 0.64 is greater than fellow keeper Startup has recorded at bottom club Charlton Athletic, she has seen her side collect just 0.58 points per game while she has conceded 1.75 goals per game on average. Crystal Palace keeper Gillett has the second-worst goals conceded per game average of 2.38 (31 goals conceded) but The Eagles have taken 0.77 points per game with her in the side, a better record than the bottom two clubs.
The most impressive goals conceded per game record is held by Lewes keeper Baker who has been beaten just 1.56 times per game on average. The Rookettes’ points per game average of 0.89 when Baker has been in the side can only be bettered by Stenson at Blackburn Rovers who has helped her side collect 1.11 points per game. Of the five keepers, Stenson has two clean sheets whereas the other four players only have one to their names this season.
In summary, it is Lewes keeper Baker who has picked the ball out of the net the least amount of times when she has been selected for The Rookettes while Blackburn Rovers’ Stenson has had the most success in terms of points recorded per game with her club and she also has more clean sheets than any of her rival keepers.