Sunday presents arguably the biggest head-to-head in Division One South East to date as the Tractor Girls welcome Billericay Town to The Goldstar Ground in a top of the table clash.
Ipswich welcome league leaders.
Ipswich, currently second, began the season a little shaky, first coming back to secure a point against Wimbledon, followed by a loss to Southampton FC in the FAWNL Cup. But since then the Tractor Girls have been in great form winning five consecutive games; four league victories coming against Kent, Norwich, Actonians, and Stevenage, and an emphatic 11-2 victory in the County Cup. AFC Sudbury the recipients of the heavy defeat.
Last time out Ipswich travelled to Stevenage off the back of an emphatic cup win and delivered a result that was just as impressive. A hat-trick from Sophie Peskett, brace from Amanda Crump, and a goal from substitute Abbie Lafayette rounded off a fantastic victory on the road.
New signing Sophie Peskett and Amanda Crump are the club’s top scorers having found the net six and seven times respectively.
The formation of a dedicated supporters group, Tractor Girls On Tour, and some stellar attendances both indicate that the women’s team is making strides off the pitch as well as on it.
Perfect on the road.
Last season’s runners-up currently sit top of the FA Women’s National League South East following a brilliant start to the season.
Ricay began the season by winning four on the bounce, with victories against Kent, Cheltenham, Cambridge City, and AFC Basildon before being held to a 1-1 draw against Enfield. However, it didn’t take long for the Blues to get back to winning ways, first inflicting a 5-0 defeat on Norwich, followed by victory against Cambridge United to summit the league table.
Last time out Ricay travelled to Cambridge United, goals from Danica Dougal and Therese Addison secured all three points for the visitors.
Last season’s top scorer Zoe Rushden and Karissa Rodney are joint top scorers with 5 goals.
Billericay travel to Ipswich with a perfect record on the road – three wins from three, ten goals scored and none conceded – full of confidence and a belief that this season could be their season.
“I think we’re playing really, really positively. The girls are really well-knit, and we’re playing some really good football at the minute, and I think we’ve got a really, really good chance of winning the league this year.”– Madeleine Bishop