Sheffield United will be looking to bounce back from successive defeats in league and cup when they travel to the Robins High Performance Centre to face Bristol City this afternoon.
The hosts come into the game on the back of a hard-fought 1-0 away win at Reading in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup, courtesy of a last minute Abi Harrison goal but they sit ninth in the FA Women’s Championship table following last season’s relegation from the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.
Sheffield United made a strong start to the season and claimed nine points from their first four games, however, The Blades have only collected one point in their last two matches.
The last time these two sides faced off, Bristol City emerged victorious with a 3-1 win in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup back in 2018. Lauren Smith’s side will look to top scorer Harrison for inspiration as they aim to build on their seven points gained from six games so far this season.
Sheffield United boss Neil Redfearn has confirmed that his side will be missing ‘a couple of players’ while youngsters Matilda Taylor and Ruby Clarke could again be given places in the United squad.
One to watch for Redfearn’s side is young striker Lucy Watson who has been a regular in the team this season. She is joint-top scorer in the league with four goals to her name so far this campaign.
The FA Women’s Championship fixture between Bristol City and Sheffield United kicks-off at 3pm.
By Dec Clark