Preview: Exeter City Women vs Southampton FC Women

Exeter bid to topple league leaders Southampton FC when they welcome Saints to Speeds Meadow, while the visitors look to maintain their grip on top spot.

The Grecians, who return to league action on home soil for the first time in three months, will be keen to get back to winning ways after bowing out of the FAWNL and FA Cups in most recent games amid a series of weather enforced postponements.

Exeter are currently fourth after five games played and could leapfrog Cheltenham and Southampton Women’s to move as high as second-place if they take advantage of their games in hand.

So despite recent disappointments, it would be unfair to suggest anything other than the newly promoted Devonshire side has made an immediate impact on the division.

The same can be said of the visitors, who have been undeniable to date and show no signs of slowing down after knocking out Southern Premier side, Yeovil Town, in back-to-back Cup matches.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side now return their attention to gaining promotion from Division One South West where they currently enjoy a five-point lead over second-placed Southampton Women’s FC.

Southampton have won seven out of eight games in the league, only dropping points against local rivals, Southampton Women’s FC in September. But since then, Saints have won twelve matches in a row in all competitions – and it could prove to be unlucky 13 for the Grecians this Sunday.

Exeter have a goal difference of +7 with top scorer Abbie Britton finding the net on nine occasions this season in all competitions, while Saints have shipped just three goals in the league and enjoy a +29 goal difference after eight games. Shannon Sievwright leads the way for the visitors with 13 goals scored.

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