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Women's Premier League Cup 2013-14
« on: September 20, 2013, 11:54:57 AM »
The opening group stage games in the FA Premier League Cup features eight ties.

 The Southern Division leading pair clash as top of the table Gillingham host Spurs, who are also unbeaten. Fancy a bet on the football this weekend? Portsmouth will look to avenge their 2-1 loss at Lewes last Sunday, especially as the Hampshire side, have home advantage for the cup tie.

Brighton have had a mixed start to their league season, entertain newcomers Chesham who have yet to avoid defeat.

Coventry City have also seen one win, draw and defeat, as they host Nottingham Forest, who are undefeated in their three games.

Northern Division leaders Sheffield FC have three straight wins in the bag as they welcome Sporting Club Albion.

Wolves have lost three of their four games so far and will be looking for some cup respite as they face Leeds who are averaging a point a game.

Newcastle United have yet to suffer defeat and they plat Bradford City, who got off the mark last week with a 4-4 draw.

West Ham, who sit third in the Southern, have home advantage over Keynsham Town, who have lost all three games.

Sunday September 22nd (2pm)
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chesham United (Withdean Stadium)
Coventry City v Nottingham Forest (Bedworth Utd FC)
Gillingham v Tottenham Hotspur (Chatham Town FC)
Newcastle United v Bradford City (Coach Lane)
Portsmouth v Lewes (Havant & Waterlooville FC)
Sheffield FC v Sporting Club Albion (Sheffield FC)
West Ham United v Keynsham Town (Thurrock FC)
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leeds United (AFC Wulfrunians)

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Re: Women's Premier League Cup 2013-14
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2013, 10:56:36 PM »

By Georgie Hodge

 The FA Women’s Premier League Cup springs into action this weekend as 16 teams from the Northern and Southern Divisions play their first games of the group stages.

 There are seven groups in total as sides look for a place in the knock-out stages.

 Sheffield FC Ladies, top of the Northern Division, will take on fifth-place Sporting Club Albion LFC in Group 6. Only three games into the League season and undefeated, Sheffield are flying high and will be hoping to take their form into the Cup on Sunday.

 Elsewhere, the top two in the Southern Division, Gillingham LFC and Tottenham Hotspur LFC, battle it out in Group 1. Both sides are yet to lose this campaign.

Following their recent promotion to The FA Women’s Premier League, Chesham United LFC are still to pick up any points. But they can gain some confidence when they meet Brighton & Hove Albion WFC in the Cup. Brighton are sitting seventh in the Southern League after three games.
 Wolverhampton Wanderers LFC will face Leeds United LFC in Group 5. With only a point in the League and currently bottom of the pile, Wolves will want to produce a good performance in this home encounter.

 Leeds United LFC have suffered two consecutive defeats in the League, losing 5-2 to Preston North End WFC prior to their 4-1 home defeat to Newcastle United LFC. New Leeds manager, Neil Ross, has targeted Premier League success on his first season in charge of the club.

 He said: “Leeds United Ladies have so much potential and I think that with the right attitude and plenty of hard work there’s absolutely no reason why we can’t eventually put ourselves amongst the biggest clubs in the country.”

However, following their latest defeat Ross was still confident in his team: “To be fair to the players we asked for a reaction following the Preston game and in terms of attitude and application I have no complaints.

“What let us down were a combination of poor execution and some individual errors. We had enough chances to score more goals and conceded some really sloppy goals at the back.

“We’ll just have to keep working hard and make sure we learn quickly from the mistakes we’ve made.”

Away from the League, though, Leeds can focus on this weekend’s Cup tie to boost their confidence and push further up in the Premier League table.



True that Brighton will be without some key players this week due to international duty/unavailability/injury, but the author of this piece had no way of knowing that when she wrote it! So far Brighton have played two teams that were playing in a league above them last season and had very respectable results and a stonking goalfest against Keynsham - they also have a game in hand against most of the teams around them. Whereas the likes of Tottenham in 2nd have only played teams so far that were lower league last season or a very different Charlton who are really struggling this season. Very ignorant and biased reporting by the FA unless Ms. Georgie Hodge knows something everyone else doesn't?

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