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Kick off 14:00 (UK)

10 March 2019 Venue Olympic Legacy Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Sheffield United
2 - 0
Crystal Palace

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United Women v London Bees - preview

11 Hours ago

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 2-0 Crystal Palace - report

10 March 2019

United's women's team got back to winning ways with a convincing performance at home to Crystal Palace but had to wait until 20 minutes from the time for the much-needed breakthrough.

It was Jade Pennock, playing in a more advanced role, who scored the crucial opener before turning provider for Ebony Salmon to score her third Blades goal just minutes later.

United largely dominated throughout and were on top from the off. Manager Carla Ward handed debuts to on-loan duo Fran Bentley and new signing Naomi Hartley, both making a big impact on their first appearances in red and white.

Pennock was one of United's livelier players right from kick-off and she had the first chance after just three minutes when a shot was blocked inside the box before her pull back for Salmon saw the striker's effort also blocked in front of goal.

Salmon sparkled into life soon after when an effort from outside the box smacked the crossbar and it looked like United could have had the lead when Alethea Paul's corner looked close to crossing the line as it caught the strong wind blowing at Legacy Park.

Salmon was then thwarted when in on goal but despite their dominance Palace had a big chance to in front but Bentley got a big right hand to a shot from point-blank range just before the break.

It took a little while for the chances to come in the second half but with 20 minutes to go United found the opener.

Salmon's diagonal run across the field opened up room for Pennock and she promptly fired her effort into the far corner to spark relief for United's players.

As soon as it was one, it was two. Pennock this time turned provider after keeping the ball in on the right wing, Pennock pulled the ball back for Salmon who slotted home first time in front of goal.

Pennock almost scored a replica of her first strike soon after and Bex Rayner headed over as United looked for a third but in the end it was a comfortable victory and a crucial three points on home soil.

Blades: Bentley, S. Barker, Tierney, Pennock, Gilliatt, Rayner (Ford 90), Paul (Sarri 70), H. Barker, Cusack, N. Hartley, Salmon.
Unused: Davies, Dixon, Marsden.

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