Match preview: Lasses set for Tees-Wear derby

Sunderland Ladies head into game two of three over a seven-day period with a trip to current league leaders Middlesbrough this evening.

A goal each for Bridget Galloway and Jessica Brown saw the Black Cats take three points at Fylde on Sunday, with the side continuing their perfect start to the season.

The Lasses saw mixed fortunes against their Teesside rivals last season, winning the home tie 3-1 before a disappointing collapse saw the away game end 3-3 after taking a 3-1 lead. 

On the team news front, Sunderland head into Wednesday with no fresh concerns from Sunday. The club still await news on Emily Hutchinson’s injury picked up at West Bromwich Albion, and Rachel Woolston continues to work towards her return after a long-term cruciate ligament injury. 

Maria Farrugia rounds out her international duty with a EURO 2021 qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina in Sarajevo.

Middlesbrough sit top of the league after two games, scoring 10 goals and conceding two so far, the only blot on Boro’s copybook being a 2-1 away loss to tier four side Durham Cestria in the FA Women’s National League Cup.

It was a quiet summer on Teesside on the signing front, but the side notably lost Holly Manders to FA Women’s Championship side Durham and Emma Kelly to Icelandic side IBV Vestmannaeyjar.

Former Sunderland players Rebekah Bass, Tyler Dodds and Olivia Watt, remain with the Boro. Dodds tied with England youth international Emily Scarr for top scorer at the club last term.

Come along and watch the first Wear-Tees derby of the season on Wednesday (September 4). Kick-off is 7:45pm at Billingham Town’s Bedford Terrace.

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