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04 November 2018 Venue Olympic Legacy Park Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Sheffield United
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Leicester City

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United Women v Leicester - team news

3 November 2018

Sheffield United's women's team will be looking to record back-to-back victories for the first time this weekend when Carla Ward's side host Leicester City on Sunday afternoon at the Olympic Legacy Park.

Like everyone else, thoughts over the past few days have been with our opponents this weekend after the tragic accident with took the lives of Leicester owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others on Saturday night, with the Foxes most recent FA Women's Championship game against Manchester United postponed as a consequence.

Managed by Jonathan Morgan, Leicester are another of the sides new to the league this year and went on an impressive recruitment drive in the summer, adding talent from the league above such as former Arsenal and Birmingham City forward Freda Ayisi.

Several of Leicester's players will be familiar to the Blades manager, Ward having played with Sarah Jackson, Mel Johnson and Sherry McCue during her playing career at Sheffield FC.

Leicester currently sit two places and four points above the Blades who themselves moved up two positions to 7th in the league thanks to last weekend's 1-0 win away at Crystal Palace.

Jade Pennock's sole strike in the first half, assisted by the returning Jodie Michalska, saw United walk away from Bromley with a much deserved three points in a performance where they remained solid defensively and could have scored more on another day.

In search of their third league victory of the season, Ward will be able to welcome back midfielder and England Under 21 player Sam Tierney after a one-game ban for a sending off against Charlton Athletic, while forward Alethea Paul may also be back in contention after a spell out through injury.

The game is United's last match before another break for the international window and the perfect chance to go into it with some momentum following on from last weekend's victory in South London.

Join us Sunday 4th November, 2pm kick off at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park (S9 3TL). Tickets just £5 adults, £3 concessions available to buy on the gate.

Limited parking available on site accessible off Worksop Road, on street parking around the ground.

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United Women 1-0 Leicester - report

4 November 2018

United's women's team recorded their second straight victory and their third of the season with a controlled 1-0 victory against Leicester City.

It was the visitor's first game for a few weeks after the tragic death of the club's owner but United set about their task with intensity early on and largely dominated the match.

It was Bex Rayner who made the breakthrough after 83 minutes via a big deflection, but Carla Ward's side were denied three times by the woodwork before the goal finally came.

Captain Ellie Gilliatt, named player of the match for her performance, was the first to go close after 10 minutes.

The left-back flew forward in trademark fashion, skipping past players with ease before fizzing a powerful effort which skimmed the post on its way wide.

Beth Merrick was influential in several of United's biggest chances and the winger should have made it 1-0 when she fired over from close range, before her curling effort just before half-time was tipped onto the post and away by Demi Lambourne.

Chloe Dixon also went close with a deflected shot and United continued their controlled dominance into the second half.

Rayner, continuing her recent good form, was a menace through the middle and both she and Merrick saw efforts saved and blocked before United hit the woodwork yet again as Merrick's curling free-kick came back off the bar.

Sam Tierney drove an effort wide and Ward introduced Jodie Michalska in her bid to find a winner, and it came in the nick of time with seven to go at Olympic Legacy Park.

Rayner darted down the right and whilst her initial attempt may well have been a cross, the ball looped off a Leicester defender and left Lambourne with no chance as it nestled in the corner.

Leicester put pressure on to find an equaliser but United held on for what was a very deserved victory heading into the international break.

Blades: Brooks, H. Barker, Fletcher, Cox, Gilliatt, Tierney, S. Barker, Rayner, Pennock, Dixon, Merrick (Michalska 79).
Unused: Davies, Kemp, Hartley, Ford, Marsden, Ibbotson.

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