Match preview: Sunderland Ladies v Burnley Women

After taking win number four of the league season last Sunday, it’s back to cup action for Sunderland Ladies as Burnley visit Eppleton Colliery Welfare.

It was a slow start last weekend, with early table topper’s Huddersfield Town leading 1-0 at the break. However, second-half goals from Keira Ramshaw, Katie Barker, Grace McCatty and Bridget Galloway rocketed the Lasses to the top of the FA Women’s National League. 

Now Melanie Reay’s side move back to cup action, taking on Burnley in the FAWNL Cup Preliminary Round. It was a derby day success, with a 3-2 win at the Stadium of Light against Newcastle United that saw Sunderland take their place in the Preliminary Round. 

It’s the club’s first real home game of the season, after reversals of games with West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough and the stadium and Academy of Light hosting games against Newcastle United and Hull City. With the under-23’s reopening Hetton last Monday, it’s our turn to get back on familiar turf. 

Injuries are a problem for the Black Cats, with Allison Cowling breaking her arm in a collision during the win at Huddersfield. Ramshaw broke her nose during the game too, however, the skipper may still play with the help of a protective mask. Charlotte Potts struggled in training on Thursday with a foot injury but is expected to appear on Sunday.

Claudia Moan, who made an unexpected debut at the Terriers, is next in line to the number one spot, while Louise Griffiths returns from suspension to compete for a spot in the side.

Burnley have made a great start to life in the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier winning three and drawing one of their four games since promotion to the third tier via a title win in 2018-19. They booked their place in the Preliminary Round with a 3-0 away win at Leeds United. 

The Clarets have been backed by new signings Olivia Wilson, Sarah Agger, Kenedy Owen, Kerry Hope, Nic Worthington, Kelly Halligan, Olivia Greenhalgh, Levi Rathburn and Cara Bickett.

New signings Kelly Halligan and Levi Rathburn each lead the way in scoring, with five goals each. Kenedy Owen, Sarah Greenhalgh, Sarah Agger and Kerry Hope have also been amongst the goals for their new side to start the season. 

Kick off for Sunday’s cup clash is 2pm at Eppleton Colliery Welfare, Hetton-le-Hole, with admission set at £3 for adults and £1 for concessions. If you can make it to the ground, follow the game live on the clubs Twitter @SAFCLadies.

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