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Preview: Bristol City Women v Sheffield FC

Bristol City Women v Sheffield FC
Stoke Gifford Stadium
Saturday, March 26th (6pm)

Bristol City Women's Megan Alexander expects her side to mount a serious challenge for the FA WSL 2 title as they look to bounce back to the WSL 1 at the first time of asking.

Willie Kirk’s troops made a good start on Wednesday night as they beat Yeovil Town Ladies 3-2 at the Stoke Gifford Stadium thanks to a brace from Rosella Ayane and another goal for Millie Farrow.

Alexander played for more than an hour in midweek and the 22-year-old is looking to secure her starting place following her move from Everton.

She said: “My aim is to try to get as many minutes as I can. I’ve been at a few clubs now and not got much game time, so my personal aim is to break into the starting XI and be a regular.

"As a team, we want to get promoted because obviously we got relegated last year. As a club and as players, we want to be back in the top leagues, so that’s our main aim.

“We’ve got a few older players in the team that have got FA WSL 1 experience so they’re going to help us. The older players do help us a lot with getting used to their standards, which are at FA WSL1 level. We’ve got the balance right.”

Carla Ward insists Sheffield FC Ladies will not abandon their attacking style now they are an FA Women’s Super League 2 club.

Sheffield claimed the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division last season to set up a Championship play-off contest with Portsmouth, which they won 1-0 to secure a first season in the FA WSL.

And while Zoe Johnson’s side may have lost their opening FA WSL 2 contest against Durham Women 1-0 on Wednesday, Ward insists they will not sacrifice their attacking philosophy when they head to the Stoke Gifford Stadium on Saturday evening to take on Bristol City.

Ward said: “We’re going into the new season with the mindset of ‘let’s go and enjoy it’ but we’re not just there to make up the numbers.

“We want to express ourselves, this is what we’ve done in the lower divisions and it’s been very successful so throughout the squad, bar the very new players, we’ve got that winning mentality.

“We don’t just want to play it safe, we want to jump in with both feet and show everyone what we’re about by playing attacking football.“

Tickets for tonight's game (6pm kick-off) are available online here or in cash on the gate.