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

Everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s Championship clash at the Robins High Performance Centre against Sunderland Ladies (2pm KO).

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LOOKING BACK: City Women 0-2 Durham (Sun, Sept 26th)

The Robins last outing ended in defeat against a physical Durham outfit last weekend at the Robins HPC.

Izzy Cook had City’s best chance in the first half as she charged towards goal before firing a shot from distance which struck the woodwork.

Durham broke the deadlock just before the half-time whistle as Liz Ejupi broke into the box and saw her shot smashed the underside of the crossbar and go in.

City probed for an equaliser and thought they had found one when Abi Harrison’s sumptuous volley from outside the box nestled into the bottom corner, however the assistant referee had adjudged she was offside.

The Wildcats sealed all three points in the final minutes of the match after City were penalised for a handball in the box, and skipper Beth Hepple stepped up to tuck away the spot kick.


🆚 OUR OPPONENTS: Sunderland AFC Ladies

  • Formed: 1989
  • Stadium: Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground
  • Nickname: Black Cats
  • Manager: Melanie Copeland
  • Finished last season 5th  (15 points)

The Championship newcomers are flying high in their return to the second tier as they remain unbeaten after four games.

Two wins and two draws see the Black Cats sat on eight points and third place in the league standings.

An opening day win on the road at Coventry was followed up by a home victory against Blackburn Rovers, with their last two fixtures producing 1-1 draws against Crystal Palace and most recently Lewes FC at the Stadium of Light.

Despite the Black Cats finishing fifth in the Northern Division of the National League during the 2020/21 season they were granted entry into the second tier after a successful application process, alongside Watford Women from the Southern Division.

Read online match programme here


👀 ONE TO WATCH: Marie Farrugia

Sunderland have had a strong start to the season so far and are currently the only unbeaten team in the league and the lynchpin to their attack is Maltese number ten Marie Farrugia.

The attacking midfielder arrived in the North East back in 2019 and has made 16 appearances for the Black Cats, finding the back of the net on 8 occasions.

The 20-year-old has also already been capped ten times by Malta in which she has scored one goal.

 


💬 Word from the camp: Izzy Cook


🎟 TICKET & TRAVEL NEWS

Supporters are encouraged to pre-purchase a car park space if attending City Women's Championship fixture against Sunderland.

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 fixture 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.

HOW TO WATCH


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