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London City Lionesses ‘eager and excited’ to return to action against Lewes says Phillips

London City Lionesses head coach Melissa Phillips says that her side are eager and excited to return to action against Lewes this weekend.

The Pride haven’t played for more than a fortnight after last weekend’s fixture against Durham was postponed due to poor weather conditions.

The club’s current form is impressive as they’ve gone five games unbeaten in the FA Women’s Championship while goalkeeper Shea Yanez has not conceded for more than 450 minutes.

This weekend sees fifth place take on sixth in the FA Women’s Championship as London City Lionesses travel to Lewes. The last time that the two teams faced each other, London City Lionesses fell to a 1-0 defeat but according to head coach Phillips, her side are both determined and hungry for revenge against The Rookettes.

When speaking to FAWSL Full-Time ahead of the trip to Lewes, Phillips talked about the team’s growth since the last time they
played Lewes.

Phillips said “You know, we always look at our last performance against any team and we take so much pride in our growth since that last game.

“The difference last time these two teams played was a penalty, so the game is going to be a tough contest.

“Our team is incredibly determined right now and I think that is the word we can use to describe our performances throughout the month of January, determined and hungry.

“We are definitely eager and excited to get back out there and play a high-level match this weekend.”

Reflecting on last Sunday’s postponement, Phillips admitted that the decision was a frustrating one but her side are raring to go this weekend.

Phillips added “We were incredibly excited to play Durham on our home field, especially after the month that we’ve had with such good form.

“We were disheartened with the postponement but that leaves us hungry and feeling fresh heading into the next match.”

The Lionesses are yet to play a game this month, so having an ability to switch from game-to-game is something Phillips ensures the squad work on to maintain focus.

“We talked about the switch week-on-week to prepare game-to-game in training sessions each week” she said. “That provides us with different problems and opportunities to face so come Monday, we always reflect and shift into a new week.

“It’s business as usual for us.”

The FA Women’s Championship fixture between Lewes and London City Lionesses is scheduled to kick-off at 2pm on Sunday afternoon and will be available for fans to watch live via the home club’s official website.

Article author: Megan Grey

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