#FAWC: Blackburn Rovers Ladies make home debut

Blackburn Rovers Ladies warm up.
Blackburn Rovers warming up for their FAWC debut last week. (Photo: Sean Ryan for The FA)

Blackburn Rovers first ever home game in the FA Women’s Championship comes against London Bees, with both sides looking to improve upon opening day defeats.

Fixtures for Sunday 25 August

Durham v Crystal Palace (Durham City FC, 12:00)
Charlton Athletic v Lewes (VCD Athletic, 1pm)
Blackburn Rovers v London Bees (Bamber Bridge FC, 2pm)
London City Lionesses v Aston Villa (Dartford FC, 2pm)
Sheffield United v Leicester City WFC (Olympic Legacy Park, 2pm)

Blackburn play their first home game in the Championship when hosting London Bees after a tough introduction at Lewes last week.

“Hopefully we can come away with a positive result for all those people that come down and support us in this new journey and this new chapter for Blackburn Rovers Ladies,” manager Gemma Donnelly said in her pre-match press conference.

“We know we’re going to have to be adaptable this season as opposed to previous seasons when we’ve predominantly played in the same formation and perfected that. And therefore not had to change our tactics too much. This season is going to be very different.”

The Rooks, meanwhile, look to continue their strong start when visiting Charlton Athletic for a 1pm kick off, this being the Addicks first competitive match of the season for their much-changed squad.

Durham, who are joint leaders with Lewes after the first round of games, welcome Crystal Palace for a noon start. While the Wildcats scored five times in their opener, the Eagles were held to a goalless draw by newcomers Coventry United.

London City Lionesses and Aston Villa go head to head after both winning their first fixtures, while Sheffield United and Leicester City meet with each side looking to register their first points.