Welcome to Princes Park for today's FA Women's Championship game
MILLWALL vs SHEFFIELD
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View from the Chairman
Welcome to our opposition for today, Sheffield United. We hope you are well rested after the long trip down. We welcome you all to the Lionesses' New Den and we hope to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
The girls have been very busy, working hard at training and in games and though you may have heard this before - the points will come.
The game away to Manchester United was a weekend trip and involved an overnight stay. It was probably the longest time the girls and staff had been together since coming together as a team. The time was used sensibly to get a training session in and a pre trip lunch, at this wonderful stadium, before embarking on the long trip 'Up North'.
All the girls and the coaching team handled the experience with exemplary class and professionalism and, again, there can be no criticism of their approach and the girls hard work and endeavour on the pitch.
Off the pitch we are getting to grips with our new GPS system which shows the girls stats and whilst I haven't seen the stats for the individual girls, I am told that they show that they are working as hard and running as far as some players in the Premier league. All this work will pay off - so Sheffield watch out. I believe in our girls, as do all our supporters out there.
Make some noise Millwall Lionessess.
View from the manager
once again to princes park. I trust the players, staff and supporters of Sheffield have had a safe & pleasant journey.
We come here off the back of a very tough game vs Man Utd. However I felt our young girls worked hard, tried to implement the game plan and at times I was very pleased with what I saw. It will go down as one where collectively we learnt a lot.
Today we host Sheffield and we will try and repeat the good things I saw last week and add some more concepts that we’ve been working on this last week in training.
Today is also our last league fixture before Christmas. Then we have back to back conti cup fixtures over the next 2 Wednesday’s. It’s going to be a hard 10 days for the girls.
As always your support for this team has been noticed and appreciated.
1st Team Manager
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Each game, one of the three club captains will update us on how the squad is preparing and how they see the season progressing.
This week it is the turn of midfielder, Georgie Giddings.
Hello and welcome to Princes Park for today’s game against Sheffield United.
I’d like to take this opportunity to extend our welcome to our visiting team and supporters. Sheffield, although a new outfit this year, are a team who are proving themselves in the league. They have had some great results and I am sure today they will make it a tough test for us!
Looking back over previous weeks we have really been through it all! We’ve a difficult run of games over the next ten days but there are definitely opportunities to put some points on the board. Our conti cup game against Arsenal will see some of our younger players tested and a quick run of games will be a learning curve for them in many ways.
Manchester United was a difficult game for us and a different test but we definitely took some positives from the game and the morale in the dressing room is high going in to today’s game.
Thanks again for coming along and we hope you enjoy the game!
This week we caught up with central midfielder Freya Bailes to get her take on the season so far and looking ahead to today's game.
She was in reflective mood when looking back to last Sunday's game against Manchester United. She explained, "The scoreline from United on Sunday hurts a lot. As a team we had targets and we felt a lot of the stuff we had planned and aimed to do we did well. We were extremely disciplined as a team and never gave up which we could’ve been accused of in other games. That’s why when we look at the scoreline it’s a frustrating one because despite our performance the quality they have showed in every goal they scored was inch perfect. But playing a team like Manchester United who train everyday and could walk into WSL1 right now is a great opportunity for our squad to gain invaluable game experience."
This invaluable experience will hopefully lead into today's game against The Blades. "Sheffield have started the season well with 4 wins from 6 and a good win vs Lewes at the weekend. There’s no doubt it will be a hard game but we’d like to think we can be much more offensive and have more possession than we did in the Man United game. If we play with the same attitude and grit as we did on Sunday I’m sure we will get a result we deserve as these are the teams we can and need to compete with."
The crowd and supporters at Princes Park haven't gone unnoticed by the players and your support is vital in turning the results into positive ones. "The support both at the games and online on social media is so so important for us players. Being bottom of the table and some of the results that we’ve had it can be very tough mentally to keep coming back and putting in 100% but the support online before and after games and the fans cheering every bit of effort all the players put in on the pitch makes it feel a whole lot worthwhile and we’re working hard to try and give them something better to cheer and support to show our gratitude for everyone sticking with us like they have."
Carla Ward's Sheffield United women's team will be hoping to make it four wins from five at Princes Park this weekend as we come towards the end of the first half of the FA Women's Championship season.
Goals from 16-year-old Izzy Ford on her first start for the club plus second half goals from Sophie Barker and Sophie Jones securing three points against Lewes in a 3-2 thriller last weekend.
It was the perfect response from the Blades to defeat at London Bees and also gave a chance for Ward to re-introduce Alethea Paul into the team after a spell out through injury.
For United though it's all eyes on continuing a good run of form and building momentum with a result which could see the Blades jump up to the 5th in the Championship with one league game remaining before the winter break.
United will likely still be without Bex Rayner who went off injured at London Bees but Izzy Ford's Player of the Match display against Lewes will give Ward cause for comfort teamed with the return of former Manchester City youth product Paul.
The Blades have just one win on the road in the league this season but with confidence high Ward's side will be looking to make it two wins in a row back in London this weekend.
SISTER CLUB - HEADCORN FC
Millwall Lionesses are delighted to announce their sister club partnership with Headcorn Football Club for the 2018/19 season and a second season running.
Headcorn is a small village in the Weald of Kent. The village was established to support the farms that surround the area. With the coming of a mainline connection to London a commuting community is growing, and development continues.
Headcorn Football Club was established in 1896. It is an independent self-supporting club that owns its own ground and clubhouse. Five seasons ago the club had two adult teams and just one junior team. It began a conscious effort to attract new players and now has seven junior teams and a development program for young new players. It is now looking to expand the number of pitches to cope with the growth, and to develop the clubhouse.
Last season the club introduced the first all-girl team, the Kittyhawkes. They enjoyed their first season in the Kent Girls and Ladies Football League and hope to attract enough players to expand two or more teams this year. The club is pleased to join the Sister club program with Millwall Lionesses and look forward to developing and expanding girls football together.
We look forward to welcoming Headcorn Football Club to Princes Park today Sunday 2nd December as we host Sheffield United Women in a FA Women's Championship clash.
This season we want you to be our DJ on matchdays. So throughout the season, we want you to send in your song choices that you want to be heard at the game.
It couldn’t be easier to pick a song, so tweet us your choice using #RadioRoar or look out for our Instagram story to request your favourite track. Get your requests in by 5pm on Friday and you could be on our matchday playlist for the next home match at Princes Park.
FEATURE | RAINBOW LACES
As you’re cheering on your team in the FA Women's Championship this weekend, you’ll see the players wearing rainbow laces. How come?
Well, between 17 November and 2 December, players, coaches, referees and fans will show their support for LGBT people involved in football during this year's Rainbow Laces week.
While it’s great to see so many people in football lacing up their Rainbow Laces for these two weeks, Stonewall continue to offer support for anyone who wants to challenge attitudes in sport all year round.
Get your team, your colleagues and your classmates involved, use Stonewall’s Rainbow Laces toolkit, pick up laces, and inspire your community to be good allies to LGBT people.
If you are the target for abuse and feel the need for someone to speak to, then there are a number of ways to get help from The FA and organisations like Stonewall. You can also report any concerns directly to your club, County FA or to The FA or Kick It Out.
"It's great to see UK sport banding together in the biggest ever show of support for LGBT people in sport," said Stonewall's director of sport, Kirsty Clarke.
"Whether you're into cricket, darts, rugby, football or athletics, your sport is taking part and lacing up."
Clarke is urging all sports fans to pick up a pair of Rainbow Laces and, by wearing them in their shoes, boots or trainers, take the campaign message to as many people as possible.
"It can't just be the national bodies making this statement," she added. "We need every sports fan to do the same and commit to stand up as an ally to LGBT people in their sport and beyond."
"What that action looks like is simply being a good team-mate and taking responsibility for making LGBT people feel welcome. Not only can you show your support, you can challenge chants or insults about LGBT people, or report abuse, whether that's online, watching live sport or taking part."
"So many sports wanted to take part this year, we had to extend the campaign from a week to three weeks and that just shows what an appetite there is for positive change across the sporting world."
In a show of our support, you will see the players, coaches and backroom staff all lacing up for our games against Durham and Manchester United and Sheffield Utd. You will also notice that our social media has had a rainbow makeover to show our support.
Millwall Lionesses suffered a third 8-0 defeat in the Women's Championship this season as Manchester United Women showed their ruthlessness in front of goal at Leigh Sports Village. The win saw United maintain their unbeaten start to their league campaign and remain one point clear of second place Tottenham Ladies.
United were deadly and showing their intent from the start and if it was not for Chloe Sansom in the Millwall goal, Jess Sigworth's third minute effort would have seen the hosts take an early lead. Sansom pushed the ball over and could only look on when Kirsty Hanson's effort rattled the woodwork in the twelfth minute.
United had their first goal of the game in the 16th minute when James found herself in space and found the back of the net from Hanson's ball back across the face of goal.
United continued to dominate the affair against a valiant Millwall side, but it was too much for our brave away team in the 30th minute when Mollie Green hit a first time volley past Chloe Sansom. The hosts were 2-0 up, but weren't stopping there.
It was Katie Zelem who got the third goal for the home team when an exquisite free-kick from well outside the penalty area beat the wall and flew into the top corner of the Millwall goal. A great free-kick that would've beaten any 'keeper, Zelem's effort was arguably goal of the game and there was nothing that Sansom could do to keep it out.
A fourth soon followed only two minutes later when Mollie Green got her second goal of the game. Finding space and cutting in from the left hand side, Green's long-range effort was just too much for Sansom and put the game out of sight for Millwall before half-time had arrived.
The second half was barely five minutes old when Green secured her hat-trick when her low effort from Greenwood's pass found the back of the net, and Ella Toone made it 6-0 just before the hour mark when her superb curled effort from the edge of the penalty area beat Chloe Sansom.
Two further goals, one from Jess Sigsworth and a penalty from Lizze Arnot just before the 80th minute made it 8-0 to the hosts, who were totally dominant throughout.
Our Lionesses defended resolutely and gave it all they had, but the league leaders were just too strong for our girls as we look to this weekend's home game with Sheffield United.
Millwall Lionesses Starting XI:
Sanom, Cowan, Bailes (Harford 69), Casley, Priest, Ravenscroft, Cataldo, Clarke (Powell 85), Giddings, Fitzgerald (Auguste 90), Ali
Millwall Lionesses unused subs: Hartshorne
Manchester United Starting XI:
Chamberlain (Bentley 59); Smith, A. Turner (Palmer 72), M. Turner, Greenwood (c); Zelem, Green, James; Hanson (Toone 53), Arnot, Sigsworth.
Manchester United unused subs: Roberts, Hartley, Devlin, Galton
Manchester United 8-0 Millwall
Millwall Starting XI:
13. Chloe Sansom
3. Leanne Cowan ©
4. Freya Bailes
5. Riva Casley
6. Ylenia Priest
10. Lia Cataldo
11. Evie Clarke
14. Georgie Giddings
17. Lucy Fitzgerald
20. Annie Rossiter
28. Fran Ali
Subs: Caitlin Hartshorne, Gabby Ravenscroft, Ellie Stenning, Michelle Young, Beth Harford
Sheffield Utd Starting XI:
22. Alex Brooks
2. Sophie Baker
3. Sam Tierney
4. Jade Peacock
5. Danielle Cox
7. Ellie Gilliatt ©
8. Sophie Jones
15. Izzy Ford
16. Tania Marsden
17. Veatriki Sarri
23. Beth Ibbotson
Subs: Nikki Davies, Alethea Paul, Chloe Dixon
The FA Women’s Championship strongly supports recent FA statements that there should be a zero tolerance approach against racism and all forms of discrimination. Accordingly, any form of discriminatory abuse, whether it be based on race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, faith, age, ability or any other form of abuse will be reported to The Football Association for action by that Association. (The FA 0800 085 0508/Kick It Out 020 7253 0162)