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14 November 2018

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Sheffield United's women's team will be aiming to make it three wins and hopefully three clean sheets on the bounce this weekend when Carla Ward takes her side south again for a trip to London Bees.

It will be United's fourth trip to the capital of the season already, following a win and a loss respectively against Crystal Palace and Charlton Athletic, plus our postponed trip to Tottenham Hotspur in September.

London Bees, managed by former Liverpool coach Luke Swindlehurst, sit three points behind the Blades having played a game more, with their start to the season marred by three long-term injuries in as many games to Danielle Lea, Rosie Lane and star forward Paula Howells.

But the Bees have been strong at home, with both their wins this season coming at The Hive against Millwall and Lewes, but they most recently lost away at Charlton last week.

They also have former England international and centurion Rachel Unitt in their squad after the defender recently agreed to play for the club, with Rachel Yankey also among the coaching staff.

The Hive is a ground familiar to United boss Ward who was captain when Sheffield FC recorded an impressive 5-0 win in their season in the top two tiers back in 2016.

United will be travelling south full of confidence and welcoming back trio Ellie Fletcher, Sam Tierney and Bex Rayner, all three of whom spent the international break at St. George's Park as part of Mo Marley's England Under 21 squad.

Ward will also hope to have several players back from injury, with the likes of Nicole Kemp and Alethea Paul closing in on returns to first team action as United look to continue climbing the FA Women's Championship table.

Sheffield United Women then take on Lewes FC Women at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, S9 3TL.

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