Tomorrow Liverpool Ladies travel to Bristol Academy, 3 days after a hard-earned victory over Everton Ladies.
Last season this away clash produced one of the games of the season, as Liverpool raced 3-1 ahead with goals from Louise Fors, Nicole Rolser and Katrin Omarsdottir. With a 2-goal cushion Liverpool lost their way slightly and Bristol managed to pull the score back to 3-3, before Gemma Bonner stepped up to smash home a captains goal minutes from time to take all 3 important points.
Liverpool would face Bristol again just 6 weeks later, in a game that was the decide the winner of the 2013 Women’s Super League. The reds made no mistakes during this game as goals from Louise Fors and Katrin Omarsdottir gave Liverpool their first major honour in women’s football.
Both sides have undertaken a couple of changes in the 10 months since they last faced each other, most notably Bristol have lost goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain to Arsenal and have a new manager in Dave Edmondson.
Louise Fors has departed Liverpool, while Nicole Rolser will also be missing for the reds as she has been all season with a serious knee injury.
Of the Liverpool goalscorers against Bristol last season, Katrin Omarsdottir and Gemma Bonner remain. Katrin returning from injury herself and making appearances in the last two wins over both Doncaster Belles and Everton. Bonner has been an influential presence yet again and ever-present in Liverpool’s brilliant back four, scoring once so far in 2014 during the 7-1 victory over Durham WFC.
In their previous two matches Bristol Academy have been away at league leaders Birmingham City. Winning the first Continental Cup clash 5-0 and then losing the league game 2-1 just 3 days later.
Bristol boast an impressive attacking and defensive line-up, Natasha Harding, Natalia and Laura Del Rio have 13 goals between them in 11 games. While at the back they have Jemma Rose and captain Corinne Yorsten.
The Vixens also have a game in hand over Liverpool, sitting 2 points behind us in the league table. Every game in the WSL so far this year has been fiercely contested and this clash should be no different, both teams will be wanting to take all 3 points.
There will be no match updates on twitter and no match report for this game on the blog, I’m in London for the weekend (don’t ask where – I would never admit to it!). Make sure you follow @LFCladies for updates during the match. Normal service will resume next weekend for Manchester City away!