October 17, 2020 by Stephen L Wright
It’s a visit to Bristol tomorrow. Last season the teams met home and away. Blues had a convincing win at Bristol, but as hosts in February it was a completely different matter. Bristol won 1-0, with an Ebony Salmon strike. It was a significant win, too, as it was Blues’ fifth league loss in a row and saw the future set for then coach Marta Tejedor.
This season, Bristol are still looking for their first points. Their first three games have been against the top three teams, and last week’s game against Aston Villa was postponed due to Villa having COVID positive players. The two sit at the bottom of the table and either could have won the game which would have put them equal on points with Blues.
Blues come into the game on the back of their convincing win away against Reading. In her preview of tomorrow’s fixture, Carla Ward said of her players: “Confidence and togetherness is high; they are in good spirits.” She continued: “I think this is just another game in the journey that we are on.“
Just another game, perhaps, but this one we need to win. OK, we need to win them all, but this one definitely at this stage. If Blues can score three and Reading (H – Man City) and Brighton (A – Everton) lose then they will leapfrog the two clubs into 6th place.
Three goals, and a clean sheet, is a big ask, but on the evidence we have the the team can do it. The players’ ‘confidence and togetherness‘ is without doubt. They believe in themselves and each other. There is strength in all three departments. If they take the game to Bristol, and keep the pressure on, they will do it The risk is that they get overconfident and take their eye off the ball and Bristol.
Ones to watch:
Blues: Georgia Brougham, Abbi Grant, Sarah Mayling, Claudia Walker
Bristol: Sophie Baggaley, Ella Mastrantonio, Georgia Wilson, Ebony Salmon
The game is on FA Player and kicks off at 2pm.
See you on the other side. Until then…