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United Women v London Bees - preview

18 April 2019

Sheffield United's women's team are back home on Saturday evening with Carla Ward's side looking for a fifth consecutive victory against London Bees.

Since the last home match against Crystal Palace, the Blades have recorded three successive 2-1 victories on the road at Tottenham, Leicester and Durham respectively.

The results leave Ward and her team in the top half, saw Maddy Cusack and Jade Pennock - the latter has scored in our last four games - nominated for player of the month and Ward herself take home the manager of the month award for March.

The most recent victory was perhaps the most impressive of them all. Durham had only lost once all season, beating Manchester United 3-1 at New Ferens Park and going down just 1-0 in their recent FA Cup quarter-final with holders Chelsea.

It means United's 2-1 win there on Sunday was all the more momentous as it was deserved. Goals from Danielle Cox and another for Pennock put the side 2-0 up before Beth Hepple's strike halved the deficit.

This weekend's opponents ran out 2-0 winners when the sides last met last year at The Hive, but the fortunes for both have flipped ever since.

While United have won four on the bounce, Bees are currently on a run of five consecutive defeats as they look to steady the ship after the departure of manager Luke Swindlehurst.

England legend Rachel Yankey has taken over the reins but the team haven't picked up a point in the league since the start of February.

They still sit sixth in the league though, four points with United and having played a game more, a win for Ward and her team again on Saturday would go a long way to securing fifth in the league, with Aston Villa the only side realistically who could push them back into the bottom half should three points be secured at the weekend.

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Durham 1-2 United Women - report

14 April 2019

Sheffield United's women's team recorded a fourth successive victory and another away win at a promotion-chasing side in Durham.

The hosts had lost only once all season and were responsible for Manchester United's only defeat of the campaign, but it didn't stop Carla Ward's side putting in a commanding and confident performance which earned them a deserved three points.

The Blades took the initiative from the off and Ebony Salmon looked like she had a chance to open the scoring but she just couldn't get to a through ball before Durham goalkeeper Hannah Reid.

Bex Rayner saw a free-kick cleared for a corner as United applied more pressure and it looked a goal was coming. It only took a further five minutes for it to arrive when Danielle Cox took down Rayner's free-kick into the box and slotted home past Reid.

United were comfortable until the final few minutes of the half when Fran Bentley was called into action to push away a good effort from Nicki Gears.

The visitors missed a huge chance to double their lead early in the second half. Caught upfield, Salmon and Jade Pennock broke up field together but the latter's ball into the striker saw Salmon caught offside as she put the ball into the bottom corner.

Becky Salicki should have scored with a header at the back post but soon after her game was up when she tugged Salmon back as the striker burst through on goal.

It took less than 10 minutes for the player advantage to count, Rayner slipped Pennock in down the left before the winger cut inside and fired home for her third goal in as many games.

It should have been a comfortable last 15 minutes for United but when the referee adjudged Maddy Cusack's interception to be a back pass after Bentley picked the ball up, Beth Hepple scored a stunning effort from inside the box to half the deficit.

Despite plenty of pressure, United held on and defended well to ensure a fourth straight victory and a third in a row on the road.

Blades: Bentley, S. Barker, Tierney, Pennock, Cox, Gilliatt, Rayner (Paul 79), H. Barker, Hartley, Cusack (Sarri 89), Salmon.
Unused: Marsden.

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