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27 January 2019 Venue Olympic Legacy Park Attendance

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Sheffield United
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Charlton Athletic

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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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United Women 2-3 Charlton - report

27 January 2019

United's women's team fell to a second consecutive defeat to Olympic Legacy Park after an end-to-end encounter against Charlton saw United came out on the wrong end of a five-goal affair.

As they did against Tottenham, Carla Ward's side came out quickly and put pressure on their promotion-chasing visitors early on, with Ebony Salmon snatching at an early volley on her first start before Veatriki Sarri's tantalising cross was cleared before it reached Chloe Dixon.

Three corners in a row yielded little for the hosts as the blustery conditions played havoc when the ball was in the air, and the lack of goal scoring chances proved costly when Charlton opened the scoring themselves.

A cross into the box from Amber Stobbs appeared to have bent behind the line before Graham nodded in from no more than a yard at the back post to make it 1-0.

United though didn't let it bother them and created two big chances to score before the break. First, Salmon fired a low effort at Katie Startup before Danielle Cox headed Bex Rayner's cross inches wide.

The second half started in a slower fashion to the first and it was Charlton who had the biggest chance to extend the lead when Graham somehow beat the United defence and the goalkeeper with some neat skill before heading the ball over the bar with the goal at her mercy.

But just a minute later and it was 2-0, this time Agg scoring from close range to make life beyond difficult for Ward's side.

There was a response though and it came from one of many corners United had during the game. Sarri's ball in was headed down by Cox and in a scramble it appeared Rayner got the final touch to knock the ball over the line.

But with just over 10 minutes to go the sucker-punch came when Charley Clifford scored a superb free-kick from distance to make it 3-1.

There was to be late controversy though. Firstly, United were awarded a penalty when captain Ellie Gilliatt was fouled, the resulting spot-kick slotted home by Salmon, her first goal for the club on her 18th birthday.

In the sixth minute of stoppage time, Salmon herself was fouled inside the box but the referee signalled for a corner despite no clear touch on the ball from the defender.

It proved to be the last action of the game and ensured a frustrating finale for United.

Blades: Davies, Pennock, Tierney, Cox, Gilliatt, S. Barker, Cusack, Rayner, Sarri (Marsden 80), Salmon, Dixon (H. Barker 65).
Unused: Joyce, Kemp, Paul, Ford.

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