Birmingham & West Midlands welcome Leicester United to Boldmere St Michaels this Sunday on the inaugural Women’s Football Weekend.
Birmingham & West Midlands sit handily in fourth place in FAWNL Division One Midlands, just three points behind second place, but eight points adrift of high-flying Wolves.
Without a game since the end of October, B&WMLFC sensibly kept busy last weekend by arranging a friendly against Division One Midlands rivals Leafield Athletic to fill the gap caused by a combination of rescheduling and poor weather. And although they ran out 4-0 winners – Lundie starring with a hat-trick – the minutes were far more valuable than the result as they prepared for their upcoming game against Leicester.
The visitors are currently four points behind Birmingham in 7th place and like the hosts, have experienced their own frustrations with several games falling victim to the weather recently.
Both sides took a forced break from league action over the past month to focus on cup competitions with similar results; Birmingham bowed out of the FAWNL and FA Cups at the hands of Stoke and Crewe respectively – while being given a bye in the County Cup – and United beat Burton before being shocked by tier 5 Leek Town in the First Round of the FA Cup.
Heading into Sunday in what will be the first league game for either team in more than five weeks, it has been a story of somewhat contrasting seasons to date, with Leicester taking maximum points from their opening three games before managing just one win in their last five league outings – a 4-2 win against Doncaster Belles in September. While Birmingham took four points from a possible 12 before winning their next four games to move them up to fourth in the table.
By the numbers
Birmingham & WM: 4th
Leicester United: 7th
Birmingham & WM: WWWWL
Leicester United: LLWLL
Top scorers (all comps)
Birmingham & WM: Jess Lundie (9)
Leicester United: Chantelle Robinson (7)
Biggest win (all comps)
Birmingham & WM: vs 8-0 vs Bolton (Cup)
Leicester United: 4-1 vs Leafield Athletic (League)
Biggest loss (all comps)
Birmingham & WM: 0-3 vs Lincoln
Leicester United: 8-0 vs Wolves
Clean sheets (all comps)
Birmingham & WM: 5
Leicester United: 2