Leaders Liverpool set for tricky Bristol City test
Liverpool have won four of their five games in the Spring Series scoring 18 goals in the process
Liverpool can extend their lead at the top of the table when they travel to Bristol City in a FA Women’s Super League Spring Series campaign that has seen the Reds go undefeated.
The Vixens got their first win of the campaign against Yeovil Town at the start of the month as they adjust to the top flight having gained promotion from FA WSL 2 last year.
Bristol will be looking to use home advantage to build on that initial win when they welcome Liverpool to Stoke Gifford Stadium on Saturday.
Bristol are eighth in the table after a tough run of games that has seen them win one of their five Spring Series fixtures to date.
Lauren Hemp managed a late consolation score for the Vixens against Reading last month, but it was not enough to match the visitor’s three impressive goals.
Eleven days later, Bristol’s Spring Series hopes were buoyed by victory over Yeovil, but sadly Willie Kirk’s side have not scored a goal since then and lost their next three games.
Scoring goals has been no issue for Liverpool, who have netted 18 times in five games, with eight of these coming from the collective efforts of Natasha Harding and Caroline Weir.
The Reds opened their series with a confident 4-1 win over newcomers Yeovil and followed that up with a 4-2 home victory over Reading.
The goals kept coming as they drew 4-4 with Arsenal before back-to-back victories over FA Cup finalists Birmingham City and Sunderland.
Caroline Weir, now playing for Liverpool, made the difference for Bristol when they beat the Reds 4-2 last time the two sides met in an FA WSL 1 game in October 2015.
The Vixens were then known as Bristol Academy and this was their second win of the season.
A month before, the two teams took each other on in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals, but Liverpool emerged the victors that day thanks to an incredible four goals from Natasha Dowie.
ONE TO WATCH – Caroline Weir
Liverpool manager Scott Rogers was impressed but unsurprised by Weir’s stunning goal from 30 yards out against Sunderland on Wednesday.
The midfielder has been dancing around defenders all year and will no doubt want to do the same to her former Bristol teammates this weekend.
At just 21, the Scotland international has already had an impressive football career, winning the SSE Women’s FA Cup with Arsenal in 2014, and has proved herself to be a worthy signing for Liverpool since joining the club at the start of last year.
WHAT THEY SAID
Liverpool manager Scott Rogers said:
“We’ve got to prepare properly, they’re an organised side and play the right way.
“I like the way Bristol play, they pass it out from the back and play very nice football so it will be a very good footballing game.
“It won’t be an easy game for us so we will prepare properly for it in the short time that we have.”
Bristol City captain Hayley Ladd added:
“Liverpool are a very talented side and they pose a lot of threats, which they’ve proved with a very good start to the Spring Series.
“They’ve got some brilliant players, including Sophie Ingle and Caroline Weir, who both used to play for us.
“But we’ll prepare well, we’ll have a game plan and we’ll go out determined to get a decent result and keep on learning.
“We’re making progress and we’ll go on doing that to put ourselves in a good place come the start of the 2017/18 season.”
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