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Vixens to host season opener at Ashton Gate

Posted: Tue 10 Jan 2017
Author: Mark Perrow
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City Women 2017 fixtures announced.

City Women will kick-off their Women’s Super League 1 campaign at Ashton Gate against Reading on Saturday, April 22nd (6pm). 

The Vixens won promotion back to the top flight with a game to spare in November last year and are now preparing for the start of the Spring Series in April. 

The Spring Series is set to bridge the gap between the WSL’s transition from a summer league to a traditional winter league.

Now in WSL1, City Women will open their campaign against Reading before taking on Arsenal, Chelsea and current league champions Man City at the Stoke Gifford Stadium. 

The Vixens will also come up against former team-mates when they face Liverpool at home, with Sophie Ingle, Tash Harding and Caroline Weir now playing for the opposition. 

On the road, the South West rivalry will reignite when City come up against fellow promotion winners Yeovil followed by away trips to Sunderland, Birmingham and Notts County. 

“Now that the fixtures are released, it becomes very real and exciting,” said City Women head coach Willie Kirk. 

“The big clubs we will come up against are the challenges that we want to face every week, and the reason that we worked so hard last year to get back to WSL1. 

“The first game at Ashton Gate will add that little bit more prestige to the game and the girls are really looking forward to playing in front of, hopefully, a very large and enthusiastic Bristol crowd.

“The girls are a bubbly bunch anyway, but as soon as you start talking about facing the likes of Man City or Chelsea, or playing against Kim Little or Fara Williams, you can feel the excitement building throughout the squad.”

The new series will see each team play each other once with a total of nine games to be played throughout the whole season. Each team will play either four or five games at home.

Both WSL1 and WSL2 will operate as ‘closed’ leagues so there is no relegation or promotion.

The FA Cup will operate as usual, with the Vixens entering at the fifth round stage in March. 
The City squad is back in full training next week as preparations begin for the opening game of 2017.  

“The girls have been doing individual winter programmes over Christmas and New Year and a few have sporadically been at the training ground to do some individual work,” said Kirk.

“As a group, we return next Tuesday, with the first few weeks consisting of physiological testing, gym work, conditioning on and off the pitch, and some light technical work.  

“Following that, we then go into a six-week cycle on the pitch which leads into the FA Cup fifth round.”

Tickets will be available for all games online shortly with season cards also on sale in the next few weeks. 

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