LCWFC Vs Middlesbrough – Preview
Leicester City Women are set to face their toughest task of the season so far when Middlesbrough Women travel to Farley Way Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Foxes will be aiming to maintain their 100% record in all competitions after victories over Bradford City Women, Stoke City Ladies and Chorley Ladies.
The two clubs faced each other on three occasions last term with Jonathan Morgan’s side inflicting two defeats upon ‘Boro.
Leicester City Women have enjoyed a blistering start to the 2017/18 season. The Foxes currently sit in third place in the league after two consecutive wins.
City added to their opening day triumph over Bradford City Women with an impressive win at Stoke City Women last week.
Three late goals – two from Rosie Axten and Sophie Domingo – completed a wonderful comeback against the Potters.
Axten and Domingo were on the scoresheet yet again as LCWFC advanced to the first round of the FA WPL Cup. Goals for new signing Olivia Mitcham and striker Kim Farrow sealed a comfortable 5-1 win.
Two victories in their last three against Middlesbrough will leave the Foxes optimistic ahead of this afternoon.
Making the trip to Leicestershire this weekend will be a very capable Middlesbrough Women side that ran Blackburn Rovers Ladies side closest to the Women’s Premier League North title last season.
After such a promising start to life in the division after promotion in 2016, an opening day defeat to Fylde Ladies was not part of the plan for Lindsey Stephenson’s team.
The response would have appeased their manager, though, with ‘Boro landing a close 4-3 win over newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers Women before a securing a place in the FA WPL Cup after a routine victory against Burton Albion Ladies.
Ones to Watch:
Rosie Axten – With four goals in two starts this season, Rosie Axten has been key to the Foxes’ flawless start.
The forward has scored seven goals in her last six outings – continuing from
last season – and has almost equaled her tally from last term (5) already.
A late brace was integral in the victory at Stoke and her opening goal against Bradford was equally as important.
Joint Women’s Premier League North top goalscorer, Axten could be the difference once again.
Emily Scarr – With five goals in all competitions, Emily Scarr will be a threat to captain Holly Morgan and co. when Middlesbrough Women come to town.
The 18-year-old has continued the form she showed during 2016/17 when she netted 14 times in the league alone to help ‘Boro reach second.
Due to her five goals in three games, the left midfielder has been rewarded with an England U19’s call up in September.
Scarr will be wearing the number 11 shirt on Sunday.
You can see Leicester City Women take on Middlesbrough Women at the Farley Way Stadium, LE12 8RB, today at 2:00pm. Tickets are £4 for adults and £2 for children. A match-day programme is included with the price of the ticket.