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Posted Friday, April 20th 2018

Preview: Sunderland Ladies v Bristol City Women

Bristol City Women make the long trip north today, as they take on Melanie Copeland’s Sunderland Ladies at Mariners Park tomorrow (kick-off 6pm).

Previous meeting

The Black Cats secured all three points when the two sides met back in February, thanks to goals from Bridget Galloway and Rachel Pitman.

The Vixen’s pulled one back thanks to a bullet header from Lauren Hemp and could have snatched a draw, but the post denied Carla Humphrey’s stinging effort from range in the final ten minutes.

Tomorrow’s meeting

City Women dominated parts of their mid-week match against Liverpool and were left to rue missed chances on Wednesday.

Striker Hemp has been impressive all season, and her efforts have seen her nominated for the Young PFA Player of the Year. The winner of the award will be announced on Sunday.

Sunderland Ladies haven’t scored in their last two matches, having lost 2-0 to Birmingham City at the start of the month, before conceding three against Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The Black Cats are currently six points above the Vixens in seventh place.

One-to-watch:

Rachel Laws – The Black Cats shot stopper is the only player in history to have lifted both the WSL 1 and WSL 2 trophy and comes into Saturday’s match with a wealth of experience.

Laws has previously been on the books of Arsenal and Liverpool and has represented England at international level.

Tickets for City Women's remaining games are here.

Words by Chelsey Downing

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