A general view of the stadium during the Slovenia v Portugal UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Group B football match at Chesterfield FC Stadium, Chesterfield, UK on the 7th May 2018. Photo: Philip Oldham for FA

PREVIEW: Sheffield United v Lewes

Sheffield United will be looking to end their poor run in the FA Women’s Championship when they host Lewes at The Technique Stadium this afternoon.

The Blades started the season strongly but have fallen off the pace and are winless in five league games. Lewes, on the other hand, are coming into this game on the back of an emphatic 4-1 league win against bottom placed side Coventry United last weekend.

Sheffield United managed to pick up a win in the FA Women’s Continental League Cup on Wednesday night against Barclays FA Women’s Super League side Aston Villa and despite their poor league form, they could go above Lewes with a home win this afternoon.

The Blades captain Sophie Bradley-Auckland is expected to be fit to play at The Technique Stadium after missing the midweek win over Aston Villa with injury. Sheffield United boss Neil Redfearn is expected to largely have a fully-fit squad available to him.

Lewes captain Charley Boswell announced her retirement this week after three years with The Rookettes and interim first team manager Craig Gill will be hoping that his side can give one of their longest-serving players the perfect send off.

Forward Ini Umotong will be a threat in attack for Lewes while winger Lucy Ashworth-Clifford will be hoping to continue her decent run of form, after scoring two goals last time out in the league.

The FA Women’s Championship fixture between Sheffield United and Lewes at the Technique Stadium kicks-off at 12pm with admission available on the turnstiles.

By Dec Clark

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