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Kick off 13:00 (UK)

25 November 2018 Venue Olympic Legacy Park Attendance

Kick off 13:00 (UK)

Sheffield United
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Women's Lewes preview

20 November 2018

Sheffield United's women's team will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's disappointing defeat at London Bees when they welcome Lewes FC to Sheffield this weekend.

Goals from Ruesha Littlejohn and Nicola Gibson condemned the Blades to their first defeat since the trip to Charlton Athletic after recording back-to-back victories over Crystal Palace and Leicester City.

Carla Ward named an unchanged eleven to the side that beat the Foxes just before the international break, but the Blades don't have to wait long to bounce back when they welcome Lewes on Sunday afternoon.

Lewes themselves haven't won a league game since they themselves beat Leicester back in September, going on a run of defeats which saw the club part company with manager John Donoghue early last week.

United's fellow FA Women's Championship newcomers did pick up a point against Aston Villa last weekend and remain just above Ward's side in the table, but a win back on home soil this week would put United above the visitors.

Lewes do though have some in-form players themselves with Rebecca Carter recently nominated for player of the month whilst the south coast side have also just signed former Reading player Sophie O'Rourke after a spell in Iceland, the youngster playing the final five minutes of their recent match against Aston Villa.

For United, it will be about returning to winning ways after a success opening match against Leicester at Olympic Legacy Park in which England Under 21 international Bex Rayner scored a late winner.

Rayner had to go off injured at The Hive on Sunday and her loss would be a blow to Ward, but the manager was able to welcome Nicole Kemp back from injury and award vital minutes to 16-year-old Izzy Ford in place of Rayner against Bees.

This Sunday is our annual Rainbow Laces fixture, showing support of LGBT+ inclusivity, this will see the players taking to the field wearing the distinctive rainbow laces on their boots.

Join us this Sunday at the Home of Sheffield United Women the Olympic Legacy Park, kick off 1pm. Tickets on sale now.
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Match Reports

United Women 3-2 Lewes - report

25 November 2018

United's women's team overcame Lewes in a five-goal thriller to return to winning ways thanks to a winner 10 minutes from time from Sophie Jones.

Jones headed home Jade Pennock's free-kick after Lewes had fought back to twice equalise and United had to take the lead for the third time to seal the three points.

It means a third win in four for Carla Ward's after Izzy Ford's first goal for the club on her first start and Sophie Barker's goal helped tilt the game in the Blades' favour.

Ward made three changes from last week's defeat at London Bees with Ford replacing the injured Bex Rayner, Jones returning from injury and Greece international Veatriki Sarri making her debut for the club.

United started on the front foot and had several chances to take the lead, with Ford bending an effort over and Pennock forcing Faye Baker into a good save at her near post.

It took just 17 minutes to break the deadlock and it was 16-year-old Ford who curled the ball into the far corner to give United the lead.

Sam Tierney and Pennock once more had half chances to double the lead before United were punished when captain Ellie Gilliatt diverted Vicky Carleton's cross beyond Alex Brooks.

Kate McIntyre struck the crossbar with a fierce free-kick soon after and it took until 15 minutes into the second half for United to regain their composure.

United retook the lead when Gilliatt went on a trademark mazy run, saw her powerful effort strike the post, but the ball eventually found its way to Sophie Barker on the edge of the box, the midfielder brilliantly bending an effort around the defender with the outside of her right foot.

The visitors though didn't take that lying down and responded again with 15 minutes to go when Rebecca Carter curled home a neat finish when played in on goal.

But on a day where the hosts showed plenty of resilience, United weren't going to be denied and took the lead again just four minutes later, this time it was for good.

Pennock's free-kick found Jones at the back post and the forward looped a brilliant header back across goal, brushing the underside of the crossbar on its way in to seal a third victory in four matches.

Blades: Brooks, H. Barker (Dixon 58), Fletcher, Cox, Gilliatt, S. Barker, Tierney, Ford, Pennock, Jones (Paul 80), Sarri (Michalska 69).
Unused subs: Davies, Marsden, Merrick, Ibbotson.

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