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30 September 2018 Venue Bramall Lane Attendance

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Sheffield United

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United Women v Aston Villa - Bramall Lane preview

25 September 2018

Sheffield United will be looking for their first league win of the season when they welcome Aston Villa to Bramall Lane this Sunday in the FA Women's Championship.

The showpiece occasion will see Carla Ward's side play at the Lane for the first time against familiar opponents after facing Villa in the FA Continental Cup last month.

After tough opening league matches against favourites Manchester United and a Durham side much more experienced at this level than the Blades, Sunday is a chance for United to get points on the board after beating Gemma Davies' side at Boldmere in the cup last month.

Frustratingly, the most recent league match against Tottenham Hotspur was postponed on Sunday due to adverse weather conditions, giving Ward plenty of time to prepare the side for this weekend's encounter.

In United's first ever match since gaining a licence for the new FA Women's Championship, Ward took her team to the Midlands last month and despite a big step into the unknown the Blades came away with a well-deserved 2-1 victory.

After missing several chances during a good performance given the level of debutants involved, centre-back Danielle Cox gave the Blades the lead before Nadine Hanssen equalised for the home side.

It was left to one of United's veterans to seal the points on the evening though as substitute Tania Marsden ran through to score the winner with little over five minutes of normal time to play with a penalty shootout looming.

Ward will be hoping to call on a fully fit squad with only defender Ellie Fletcher likely a doubt after the on-loan went off with a knock against Manchester United last week.

United attacker Beth Merrick will be hoping for a chance to shine against the team she made her name for, the tricky forward left Villa to join United during the summer but was only on the bench against her former side last month.

Join us on Sunday at Bramall Lane, kick off 2pm.

Tickets are available now priced at £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and existing men's season ticket holders. 10 Loyalty Points are also available when purchasing a ticket in advance for this fixture.
Click here to buy your ticket now.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game at the same price from the south stand turnstiles (please note: the ticket office will not be open), but no Loyalty Points will be awarded.

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United Women 4-1 Aston Villa - report

30 September 2018

A hat-trick on her debut for Sophie Jones gave United's women's team their first win of the season in a comfortable 4-1 victory against Aston Villa.

Jones' hat-trick alongside Alethea Paul's first goal for the club from the penalty spot ensured Kerri Welsh's goal to equalise in the first half was no danger to the Blades come full-time.

Carla Ward couldn't have asked for a better start as United took the lead inside the first five minutes. A poor pass across the back from a Villa defender presented an opportunity to Jones, the striker promptly made a yard for herself and fired a low effort past Aguirre in the Villa goal.

It wasn't all smooth running for the Blades though as Ward lost two key players to injury inside the first 25 minutes.

Lisa Ryan was stretchered off after just 10 minutes before striker Bex Rayner hobbled off either side of Welsh equalising after some sloppy defending allowed the Villa forward to run through unchallenged and slot beyond Alex Brooks, the goalkeeper making her debut for the Blades.

United remained in control of the match and had more than enough chances to go back in front before Elisha N'Dow brought down Sophie Barker after a run into the penalty area from the middle.

Paul stepped up to send Aguirre the wrong way and join Jones in scoring her first goal for the club from the penalty spot.

Paul was in the action again before the break, playing in substitute Chloe Dixon who saw her effort saved.

The second half saw United remain in control and extend their lead through Jones just five minutes after the break.

The forward picked the ball up just outside the box and curled a brilliant effort into the top corner to establish a two-goal gap.

Jones completed her hat-trick with 20 minutes to go when she slid home in front of an opposing defender to tap home a cross from the right and seal what was a deserved victory for United.

Blades: Brooks, Fletcher, Cox, Ryan (H. Barker 9), Gilliatt, S. Barker, Tierney, Pennock, Paul (Cresswell 67), Jones, Rayner (Dixon 25).
Unused: Joyce, Kemp, Marsden, Stevens, Merrick.

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United Women gear up for league appearance at Bramall Lane

19 September 2018

Sheffield United's next FA Women's Championship home fixture will take place at Bramall Lane.

The Blades will take on Aston Villa Ladies on Sunday 30th September, with a 2pm kick-off.

This will be the first time Carla Ward's revamped side have played on the hallowed turf and is set to be an exciting fixture against their league opponents. Having secured a great 2-1 victory over Villa in the first Continental Cup fixture, the Blades are looking to secure another winning result in their own backyard.

Manager Carla Ward said: "We are extremely excited to be playing this fixture at Bramall Lane, this is an opportunity for Blades fans to come down and experience a true women's matchday experience. For the players, there is a real sense of occasion and it's important for them to see exactly how big a club they are a part of.

"Hundreds of supporters have already turned out for our first two fixtures at Stocksbridge, now with the next home game in the middle of the city at our historic home, hopefully this will give people even more reason to come down and check it out."

Tickets are available now priced at £5 for adults, £3 for concessions and existing men's season ticket holders. 10 Loyalty Points are also available when purchasing a ticket in advance for this fixture.
Click here to buy your ticket now.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game at the same price from the south stand turnstiles (please note: the ticket office will not be open), but no Loyalty Points will be awarded.

Click here to purchase tickets for the game, or a season ticket.


Click here to sync the Women's fixtures to your calendar.

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