#FAWSL : Yeovil Town Ladies looking to end season on a high

Yeovil’s goalkeeper Megan Walsh celebrating a rare point with Kelly Aldridge. (Photo: Martin Bennett for FA)

After a ground-breaking FA Women’s Super League season the final fixtures are almost upon us as all 20 teams feature on a bumper Sunday of action.

We now know of course that Chelsea have taken the FA WSL 1 title and Doncaster Rovers Belles the FA WSL 2 trophy, but there is still much to play for this weekend.

Emma Hayes’ Chelsea are away at Liverpool as they aim to complete what would be an incredible unbeaten season, while Manchester City and Arsenal are battling it out for a UEFA Women’s Champions League spot.

Yeovil Town face the longest away trip in FA WSL 1, 682 miles, heading up to Sunderland who are one place above them in the division.

Yeovil’s progression has been marked in recent months, with highly-creditable draws secured against Arsenal and Birmingham City and a first goal registered against Everton.

“Those couple of milestones in our season have really boosted the morale,” said Yeovil goalkeeper Megan Walsh.

“We’ve got confidence from those games and getting the goal – they’ll help us push on and hopefully get a result on Sunday.

“It’s always exciting the last game of the season and everyone’s up for it, it’s a huge game for us.

“We want to get a result out of this game and it’s one we definitely feel we should get a result out of.”

Standing in the way of victory for the Glovers on Sunday are Sunderland, who won the reverse fixture in Somerset 1-0 back in October.

Keira Ramshaw struck early with a seventh-minute goal, but Walsh believes that much progress has been made by Yeovil since, while being wary of a certain Black Cats player with an eye for goal.

She added: “It’s just one of those games where we conceded an early goal, it halted our momentum and spirit in the game, it’s hard to get back into it when they knew they could just defend and win.

“At the start of the season we highlighted games that we feel like we should be able to compete in and get results out of and this is one of them.

“We’ll stay as we have done over the recent games and work on those tactics but I think they’ve got quick wingers and they’ve got Lucy Staniforth who can hit long-range efforts so I’ve got to look out for that!

“I’ve worked on a long-range shots and just being ready, expecting people to shoot from distance.

“In October we were naïve maybe on how tough this league would be and I feel like we’ve got better at working together as a team, which we have done recently.”

Sunday 20 May

FA WSL 1 (all 12:30pm)

Birmingham City v Reading (Birmingham City FC)

Bristol City v Arsenal (Stoke Gifford Stadium)

Liverpool v Chelsea (Tranmere Rovers FC)

Manchester City v Everton (Academy Stadium) – live on BBC Red Button

Sunderland v Yeovil Town (South Shields FC)

FA WSL 2 (all 2pm)

Aston Villa v Sheffield FC (Tamworth FC)

Brighton & Hove Albion v Millwall Lionesses (Culver Road)

Doncaster Rovers Belles v Oxford United (Sheffield FC)

Tottenham Hotspur v London Bees (Cheshunt FC)

Watford v Durham (Kings Langley FC)

By Sportsbeat

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