Yeovil Town Ladies FC
Sunderland AFC Ladies
Sun 8 October 2017
Yeovil Town FC
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Sunderland visit Huish Park for WSL1 encounter
Sunderland will look to recover from their defeat by FA WSL 1 leaders Chelsea as they travel to Huish Park in pursuit of a second win this season.
Newly promoted Yeovil Town have are yet to get off the mark in the Women’s Super League following two consecutive losses against Manchester City and Bristol City.
Sunderland won their season opener against Reading through Simona Koren’s goal, but went onto suffer a heavy 6-0 loss against Chelsea.
But the Lady Black Cats are currently eighth in the table on goal difference meaning a win could potentially see them catapulted into the top five.
Yeovil were beaten 4-0 by reigning champions Manchester City and lost 1-0 to Bristol in the following week.
The two sides met most recently in May 2017 during the Spring Series when Sunderland beat Yeovil comfortably after The Glovers scored an own goal in the opening two minutes.
The two teams played against each other in the sixth round of the SSE Women’s FA Cup in 2016 where a double from Brooke Chaplen gifted Sunderland the win.
In 2014, Sunderland faced Yeovil twice in the FA WSL2 and won both fixtures, conceding just once.
One to Watch – Lucy Staniforth (Sunderland)
Lucy Staniforth, the newly appointed Sunderland captain, has been impactful from the midfield this season.
The 25-year-old nearly extended the Lady Black Cats’ lead in the final moments of the game against Reading in September.
Despite the defeat by Chelsea, Staniforth has the capability to pose as a threat to oppositions and lead her side to more promising results in the season to come.
What they Said
Yeovil Town striker Annie Heatherson said:
“We can be good in an attacking way and in a defensive way, but the important thing is putting the two together in the same game.
“We don’t underestimate any team and treat all games as though we are playing the top side in the country. That’s what we will do against Sunderland.
“We don’t think it’s going to be an easy game or a walkover and we will go into it with the mindset we are playing the team who are top of the table.
“The important thing is that we prepare properly this week and try and learn from the way we played against Bristol City.”
Sunderland skipper Lucy Staniforth said:
“Yeovil will definitely be a hard game, no game in this league is easy but we will definitely be looking to get all three points, that’s our main aim.
“It’s not going to be a walkover or an easy game, it was quite close the last time we played them, probably down to our own faults as we should have killed the game off.
“Hopefully we can learn from the game last time in the Spring Series, build and score some goals.
“Last week (against Reading) we scored early, managed to defend and hold on to that lead, that’s definitely something we are going to have to use throughout the season.
“We’ve got disciplined, fit players so it is a system we can use, we just need to be careful when we have the ball so we can create stuff and hurt teams.”