WSL Midweek Matches

It’s a huge few days in the WSL title race, with both Manchester City and Chelsea away on Wednesday evening, before they go head to head at the Academy Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.

Wednesday 21st February (7.45pm)
FA WSL 1
Liverpool v Sunderland (Select Security Stadium, 7pm) – BBC Radio 5 live sports extra
Birmingham City v Manchester City (Solihull Moors FC) – Live on FAWSL Facebook
Reading v Bristol City (Wycombe Wanderers FC)
Yeovil Town v Chelsea (Yeovil Town FC)

FA WSL 2
Aston Villa v Doncaster Rovers Belles (Tamworth FC)
Millwall Lionesses v London Bees (St Paul’s Sports Ground)

Thursday 22nd February (7.30pm)
FA WSL 2
Durham v Sheffield FC (Durham City FC)
Tottenham Hotspur v Watford (Cheshunt FC)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Oxford United (Culver Road, 7.45)

Friday 23rd February
FA WSL 1
Arsenal v Everton (Boreham Wood FC, 7.30)

Saturday 24th February 
FA WSL 1
Manchester City v Chelsea (Academy Stadium, 12.30)

Man City return to the scene of Sunday’s SSE WFA Cup 5th Round victory to again tackle Birmingham City, who took them to extra-time on the day, with Chelsea visiting struggling Yeovil Town who still await their first goal.

Fourth-placed Liverpool host Sunderland whom they lead by three points, while Reading in seventh are two points better off than their visitors, Bristol City.

The top flight fixtures continue with Arsenal entertaining Everton on Friday, before the mammoth clash of Man City and Chelsea the following day.

Having given Sunderland a hard time in the Cup on Sunday, Aston Villa will be given added confidence for the visit of WSL 2 leaders Doncaster Rovers Belles on Wednesday, when there’s also a capital derby with Millwall Lionesses meeting London Bees in Rotherhithe.

Brighton & Hove Albion are third in WSL 2 ahead of hosting Oxford United at the Sussex FA County Ground on Thursday, while other games the same night see Durham face Sheffield FC and Tottenham Hotspur welcome a winless Watford.

Millwall’s Ashlee Hincks (Photo: Catherine Etoe)

Millwall Lionesses captain Ashlee Hincks can scarcely believe how far her side has come in three years and is now eyeing FA Women’s Super League 2 glory.

In 2015, the Lionesses won just two league games and finished second bottom of the FA WSL2.

Now, three years on, the London side are flying in the league, winning eight of their nine matches so far and having dropped just two points.

It has been a rollercoaster ride for Hincks, who joined in April 2015, and the Millwall skipper admits she couldn’t be more proud of what the side has achieved so far.

“I’m so happy with how the girls have performed this season, they deserve so much credit,” the skipper said.

“I don’t think it could’ve gone any better to be honest. We’ve only dropped two points and I think that’s a massive achievement for the club.

“We had a very impressive Spring Series in 2017 and that gave us the belief that we can push on. We believe the sky is the limit.

“I’ve been in a situation where we’ve lost a lot of games on the spin and I think those experiences have helped us.

“We are so hungry for success and I see it within the team. We love that winning feeling and we celebrate every win likes it’s a cup final, that’s how much it means to us.”

Millwall have triumphed 3-2 and 4-3 over their London rivals already this season and Hincks hopes her team can continue to keep tabs with Doncaster Rovers Belles at the top of the table.

“We’ve come back against London Bees twice this season,” Hincks added. “I think that’s down to hard work and togetherness.

“We need to be very compact and defensively sound. We know what they can do. We’ll tackle it like we do every other game, work hard and try and get a clean sheet.

“We want to keep scoring. I think London Bees will feel a bit hard done by in the previous two matches. They might be out for revenge but we’ll be ready to take them on.

“We need to make sure we are a lot more assured at the back and we’re targeting three points.”
Hincks has six goals in 14 matches this season, one behind the club’s top scorer Charlotte Devlin, with the Lionesses still unbeaten in the league.

And the captain claims there is belief within the ranks that the team can go a whole league campaign without losing a match.

“It’s one game at a time but we don’t want this run to end now,” she added. “Every team wants to take that record off us. We go into every game not wanting to lose.

“There’s no reason at all why we couldn’t. We have the togetherness and the confidence. We are looking to keep going until the end of May and hopefully we will be able to finish top of the league, that’s the target.”

Quotes by Sportsbeat

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