The Fed Army look to halt Town’s perfect start when they welcome them to Jericho Lane this Sunday.
The hosts kicked off the season with a narrow 0-1 loss to Leeds United, debutant Molly Harvad’s goal in the 73rd minute was enough to secure all 3 points for Dan O’Hearne’s side.
The following game Feds hosted Bradford City in the Determining Round of the FAWNL Cup, which saw Leanne Duffy make several changes with Natalie Clark, Emily Douglas, Helen Griffiths, and Jennifer Rogers – who would prove to be the difference-maker – coming into the side.
It proved to be another close encounter for Feds, in a contest that was once again decided by a single goal. This time it would be Feds who secured the victory, courtesy of Jennifer Rogers’ – last season’s top scorer (15) – lob following a quick break shortly after half-time.
In a game that saw them create a number of chances and manage the game well in difficult conditions, it was a good response from the Fed Army after the opening weekend’s loss; securing progress into the next round of the competition, and potentially a platform to kick start their league campaign.
Town are on the road for the first time this season as they travel down the M62 to face Liverpool Feds.
After back-to-back victories on home soil, last season’s runners-up currently sit at the top of the table having enjoyed a perfect start to the new campaign.
The season began with Town welcoming Chorley to The Yorkshire Payments Stadium, and it didn’t take long for the home side to make their mark when debutant Laura Bartup introduced herself with a stunning 20-yard strike after 11 minutes. Cass then doubled the lead 10 minutes later, before Charlotte Proud made it 3-0 in the 68th minute, securing the 3 points and early bragging rights as league leaders.
Their attention then turned to the FAWNL Cup. In a game that pitted early Northern Premier leaders, Loughborough Foxes, against Division One North table toppers, it was the Tier 4 side that earned a place in the next round.
Mitchell named a mostly unchanged side and was rewarded with a similar performance, with Brighouse coming close on a number occasions before breaking the deadlock from 12 yards. Foxes would restore parity before Bartup would complete her brace, once against scoring from the penalty spot.
Town travel to Liverpool hoping to continue their perfect start, while knowing they won’t have it all their own way against a team Rob Mitchell described as the best footballing side in the league last season.
The corresponding fixture last season saw Town rescue a draw shortly before the death. Frustration for Feds, but an impressive point when you consider they played 60 minutes with 10 players against one of the best teams in the league.
The reverse fixture saw the Fed Army secure a 0-2 win. A handling error gifted Rosie Kinvig the opener, Town’s Beresford was later sent off in the 36th minute, and Lynsey Longhurst secured the win 6 minutes after the restart.