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Posted Friday, September 3rd 2021

🔎 Miss Kick Match Preview: City Women vs Lewes FC (H)

We host Lewes FC as Lauren Smith prepares her side for a first home game of the 2021/22 FA Women’s Championship.

Our opponents

City lost out in a narrow 4-3 defeat in the season opener against Crystal Palace a week ago. After falling behind early, Smith’s side twice battled back to halve the scores before going within a goal of snatching an equaliser as they had the hosts on the back-foot in the latter stages.

Unfortunately, Palace held on to secure the win in South London but there were plenty of positives as Smith got to see the new-look side (after 11 incomings this summer) in action on her managerial debut.

The press proved highly effective, notably forcing their first and second goals of the day. Lia Cataldo intercepted a loose pass which allowed Mel Johnson to strike first, while in the second half Simran Jhamat forced the goalkeeper into an error before scoring.

City created a number of chances and that was another positive highlighted by Smith in her post-match interview. It is likely that teams won’t often score three goals away from home and end up on the wrong side of a seven-goal encounter!

Now the team is set to faces Lewes as the Robins High Performance Centre hosts its first ever FA Women’s Championship fixture and in front of a strong home support, it will be quite the occasion for Smith’s team.

It will only have been three weeks since the sides last faced each other, that was a 2-2 draw in pre-season. City battled back after being behind, again showing that bounce back ability which nearly saw them snatch a draw against Palace last Sunday.

As for the Rookettes, Simon Parker's side were not in action on Matchday One as their scheduled opener against Charlton Athletic was postponed due to Covid-19 cases in the Addicks' camp.

LEWES PROFILE

Formed: 2002
Stadium: The Dripping Pan
Nickname: The Rookettes
Manager: Simon Parker
Finish last season: 5th, Championship

Honours:

  • London and South East Women's Regional Football League - 1st

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: Robins High Performance Centre
When: Sunday, September 5th, 3pm KO
Competition: FA Women's Championship, Matchday 2

Referee: Lucy Anne-Briggs
Assistant referee: Robert Finn
Assistant referee: Ella Broad
Fourth official: Jack Clench

READ ONLINE MATCH PROGRAMME HERE 

Captain Aimee Palmer

"[In pre-season] they caught us on the counter-attack but we know what to expect now, we know how to improve and we have to learn lessons from the last game and really push on.

"We can’t wait to put things right in front of the home fans and there’s nothing better than being able to do that."

Aimee Palmer


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Freda Ayisi in action v City Women in pre-season

Midfielder Ayisi signed for Lewes in July and has been tipped as "one of the most talented players in the league" by her manager.

The pacy playmaker came through the Arsenal youth system and made her debut in 2013. She won the Women’s FA Cup that season at the end of the 2013/14 campaign and scored against Kairat in the Champions League.

She has also represented Birmingham City and London City Lionesses, while on the international stage boasts England youth caps at four different youth levels.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Bristol City 2-2 Lewes FC
15.8.2021
Pre-season
Robins High Performance Centre

City Women come back from two goals behind in a thrilling 2-2 draw against Lewes in pre-season.

Lewes opened the scoring with a swift counter-attacking move that saw Freda Ayisi tuck home before half-time. Following the interval it would be the visitors that would score again from a corner into the area which bounced off the wet surface and into the path of Ellie Hack, who pounced.

City them ramped up the intensity as they searched for an avenue back into the game. Aimee Palmer saw her volley come off the post but the breakthrough that City desired came in the 74th minute when Harrison struck the ball with venom on the turn.

It was two goals in as many minutes for the Scotswoman. Simran Jhamat’s work down the left hand side saw her create space for a cross from Powell which allowed her to pick out the advancing Harrison, who opened up her body and caressed the ball into the back of the net off the underside of the bar.

With the wind in their sails City went in search of a winner and in the 86th minute they thought they had found just that. Harrison’s wicked ball towards the far post was met by Brooke Aspin who powerfully headed home, only to be cruelly denied by the offside flag.

Abi Harrison in action

🎟 TICKET & TRAVEL NEWS

Supporters are encouraged to pre-purchase a car park space if attending City Women's first home game of the Championship season against Lewes FC.

Those arriving by public transport are advised the best way to get to the Robins High Performance Centre on matchdays is on our matchday special bus service ‘HPC1’.

The latest travel information can be found here while parking information for the HPC can be read here.

Tickets remain on sale ahead of matchday and can be purchased online here.


💻 STREAMING

We are also pleased to confirm that this weekend’s first home game of the season will be streamed live across multiple channels, free to all supporters.

The match will be live streamed on Robins TV, Bristol City’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Supporters unable to attend the game can enjoy all the action online, with live coverage staring with a build-up show at 2.45pm. There will be live commentary with replays and analysis throughout.

Those wanting to watch City Women take on Lewes via Robins TV will need to sign-in or register if they wish to watch through the club’s dedicated streaming platform.

HOW TO WATCH


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