Stoke City Vs LCWFC – Preview

Leicester City Women travel to Staffordshire to take on Stoke City Ladies at Community Drive on Sunday.

The Foxes are looking to build on their win over Bradford City Women on the opening day of the Women’s Premier League North season.

The hosts, meanwhile, are aiming to pick up their first points of the campaign after a disappointing loss to Derby County Ladies last week.

Foxes aim to maintain 100% record in first away game:

Leicester City Women got their new league campaign underway with a 2-0 victory over Bradford City Women at Riverside Pavilion last Sunday.

A Rosie Axten strike on the brink of half-time opened the scoring against the Bantams before Charlotte Greengrass converted from a corner to seal the three points.

The fixture included seven first-team debuts after a productive summer. Charlotte Clarke, Ria Acton, Paige Stewart, Ellie May and Leigh Dunmore all started while Olivia Mitcham and Imogen Hunt came on in the second half.

City managed a double over Stoke City Ladies last season courtesy of a 5-3 win at the Riverside before a close 2-1 win at Sunday’s venue.

Stoke looking to make amends:

Stoke City Ladies finished four points behind the Foxes last season to finish in fourth place for the second consecutive year.

The Potters also won the Staffordshire FA County Cup yet again and the FAWPL Midlands Reserve League in a rewarding season for the club.

Steve Swanwick’s side lost 4-1 at home to Derby County Ladies in their first league outing despite going ahead through Hannah Keryakoplis early on.

Andi Bell put the Ewe Rams level and Nicole Ledgister’s brace put the visitors ahead at half-time. A fourth was added by Kelly Kennaugh but Stoke will feel slightly aggrieved after hitting the woodwork on two occasions.

Ones to watch:

Charlotte Clarke – After impressing during pre-season and earning praise from Jonathan Morgan after a friendly with MK Dons Ladies, goalkeeper Charlotte Clarke started the season with a clean sheet against Bradford City Women.

The youngster made some important contributions on her first league start including great saves to first deny the Bantams an opener and then an equaliser.

With Stoke scoring six in our two encounters last term, Clarke could be busy between the sticks and will play a huge part in proceedings once again.

Hannah Keryakoplis – Stoke City Ladies welcomed Hannah Keryakoplis back to the club this summer and she has hit the ground running. The forward netted a hattrick against Caernarfon Town and scored a screamer against TNS during pre-season.

Such fantastic form continued against Derby County Ladies as she saw her powerful strike find the top corner. It may have been just a consolation in the end but the forward has certainly put down a marker.

With last season’s top scorer Ash Hayes being forced off with injury against Derby, all eyes could be on Keryakoplis this weekend.

Team News:

Assistant Manager Michael Makoni confirmed earlier this week that there are no fresh injury concerns ahead of the trip to Stoke City Ladies.

View from the Manager:

Jonathan Morgan: “Sunday will be a tough game which will demand 100% from the girls if we are to be successful. We are keen to build on the progress from last weeks game. The girls will need to be mentally tough against a physical Stoke team.

The target is to come back with three points and make it two out of two for the season.”

Travel information:

If you wish to come and support the Foxes in their first away game of the season, Community Drive is just under a two hour drive from Leicester’s city centre via the A50.

Address – Community Drive, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, ST6 1QE.