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KO 14:00
Sun 14 January 2018
Solihull Moors FC

Blues face Bristol looking for upturn in league fortunes

Both Birmingham City and Bristol City are in the bottom half of the FA WSL 1 table.

Two teams in contrasting form meet in a tantalising FA WSL 1 match-up on Sunday as Bristol City travel to Birmingham City.

Bristol sit just a couple of places higher in the league but are in a rich vein of form and look fully adjusted to the rigours of the top tier following last season’s promotion.

Birmingham are one of the FA WSL 1 ever-present sides but are in desperate need of a change in fortunes after a disappointing winter.


Birmingham have won just once since October and have lost their last three games without scoring a goal.

The Blues, who finished fourth last season, currently sit ninth above only winless Yeovil Town in the league but know that a win could see them move up two places.

In contrast, Bristol City’s tails are wagging after a 2-1 win against Everton.

Willie Kirk’s side have won three of their last four in all competitions, with Manchester City and Chelsea the only sides to have beaten them since October.

They sit seventh in the table, one point clear of Everton and three ahead of Birmingham.


This is the first meeting between the sides this season but Birmingham will take confidence from the last time the two sides met.

An Ellen White brace saw Birmingham beat Bristol 2-0 in the FA WSL Spring Series in May just days after they lost the SSE Women’s FA Cup final to Manchester City.

Marc Skinner made five changes to the Birmingham side but they showed how much strength in depth they possess to emerge comfortable winners.

ONE TO WATCH – Ellen White

Ellen White will hope to celebrate an England recall with a five-star display on Sunday and inspire Birmingham to their second win in the league this season.

The forward is perhaps the Blues’ most dangerous player with speed, energy and an eye for goal making her a shoe-in for the England squad.

Bristol may be in form but, if they want to keep that momentum going, then they must keep a close eye on White throughout.


Jess Carter, Birmingham City defender:

“There is no time to sit and dwell over the (Sunderland) game, or the result and feel sorry for ourselves like that, we’ve got to review our last game and prepare for Bristol City.

“It’s good the game is coming up so soon after the Sunderland game.

“We’ll be looking to put things right against Bristol City, we need to learn from our mistakes and take our good home form into the game.

“Bristol are a hardworking side, they are a very together unit, but they’ve got a lot of individual talent in the ranks as well. They’ll come at us and expect to beat us.

“We know it’s going to be a close game, it’ll be a case of who wants it more and who is more clinical in front of goal and get the win.”

Willie Kirk, Bristol City manager:

“I’ll certainly be happy if we can keep our third clean sheet in a row.

“It should be a good game because both teams play a similar type of football and it will be an even match in a lot of areas of the pitch.

“It will be a good test against a team just above us in the table, although we both have the same number of points.”

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Solihull Moors FC
Damson Park
Damson Parkway
B92 9EJ

Get directions to the ground

From North: Leave M42 at Junction 6 and follow A45 for 2 miles towards Birmingham. Just past Honda Garage and opposite the Holiday Inn turn left at filter lights into Damson Parkway. Continue for 1 mile until you reach roundabout at entrance to Land Rover Works. Go around and back down the other side of the dual carriageway for 100 yards - Ground entrance is on your left. From East: Follow A45 from Coventry. Just past Honda garage and opposite Holiday Inn turn left at filter lights into Damson Parkway. Continue for 1 mile until you reach roundabout at entrance to Land Rover Works. Go around and back down the other side of dual carriage for 100 yards - ground entrance is on left. From Solihull Town Centre: Follow A41 past solihull school. Turn left at filter traffic lights leaving Warwick Road into Hampton Lane. Crossover next set of traffic lights and continue straight on along Damson Parkway. Go past BUPA parkway Hospital and follow for just over 1 mile to the roundabout at Land Rover Works. Turn right at the roundabout and the ground entrance is 100 yards on your left. From South and West: Leave M42 at junction 5. Take first exit towards Solihull, A41, Then stay on the By-pass until you reach two sets of traffic lights close together. Turn right at the second set of traffic lights onto Damson Parkway. Go past the BUPA Parkway Hospital and follow for just over 1 mile to the roundabout at the Land Rover Works. Turn right at roundabout at the ground entrance is 100 yards on your left.


Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Manchester City Women FC 13 29 31
2 Arsenal Women 12 36 30
3 Chelsea FC Women 13 14 28
4 Birmingham City Women FC 13 6 25
5 Reading FC Women 12 3 18
6 Bristol City Women FC 12 -4 18
7 West Ham United Women FC 13 -7 16
8 Liverpool FC Women 13 -12 13
9 Brighton & Hove Albion Women FC 13 -10 10
10 Everton Ladies FC 12 -25 5
11 Yeovil Town Ladies FC 12 -30 3
Pos Teams P GD Pts
1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC 12 14 30
2 Manchester United Women FC 11 48 28
3 Charlton Athletic Women FC 12 20 26
4 Durham Women FC 13 19 26
5 Leicester City Women FC 12 2 19
6 London Bees FC 13 -13 18
7 Sheffield United Women FC 11 -8 13
8 Aston Villa Ladies FC 12 -12 13
9 Lewes FC Women 13 -18 10
10 Crystal Palace Ladies FC 13 -14 7
11 Millwall Lionesses FC 12 -38 2