MATCH PREVIEW: Birmingham City v Liverpool Ladies

 Liverpool Ladies are back in competitive action tomorrow afternoon with a fifth round FA Cup tie away at Birmingham City.

 The game kicks off at 2pm, Birmingham play their home games at Solihull Moors FC (B91 2PP) with tickets on the gate priced at £6 for adults and £3 concessions. There is no live coverage of the game on radio or tv, meaning Twitter will be your only way to follow online via the official club accounts or @LFCladiesfans.

 For a full look at the season ahead, check out my Season Preview on This Is Anfield here; including a pre-season round-up, Liverpool’s new signings and key games for the upcoming Women’s Super League campaign.

 Liverpool took on 5 teams during pre-season, in and around the various breaks for international games, winning 3, drawing 1 and losing 1. The reds scored 14 goals, with contributions from all areas of the pitch and 3 of the 4 new signings scoring on their debuts. Natasha Dowie was of course the top scorer with 4 strikes to her name, including the winning goal in a 1-0 win over Everton Ladies at the beginning of March.

 Birmingham on the other hand have had no public pre-season friendlies, meaning that the team that finished a point behind Liverpool in last seasons WSL are somewhat an unknown entity.

 The midlands side have retained the majority of the squad that exceeded all expectations last year, keeper Becky Spencer will not have fond memories of the last time she faced Fara Williams while Karen Carney, Jo Potter, Jade Moore and Kirsty Linnett all also return along with a defence that contains Kerys Harrop and Aoife Mannion.

 Last time Liverpool were in Birmingham, the reds picked up a huge 3 points controversially after Fara Williams chipped the winning goal over Becky Spencer seconds after the blues had equalised. Birmingham were furious claiming the referee had not yet blown for the restart, but the goal stood and Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners on the afternoon.

 Tomorrow also marks a new era for LFCladiesfans, I’m excited to tell you that The Anfield Wrap will be publishing my match reports on their website now (as well as on here) and I will also be joining TAW for a new monthly podcast all about Liverpool Ladies. Keep your eyes peeled for more news on that as it comes!

 As ever thanks for following/ reading these blogs, LFCLF is 2 years old on Wednesday and I have a great time reporting back for all those who cannot make the games. It was actually from an overseas supporter that this opportunity with TAW has come about and I couldn’t be more grateful – thanks Damian!

 – Heather

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