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MILLWALL LIONESSES... THE RUN IN

April 12, 2018

Written by:

 Roar like a lion and play with passion.

 

The Lionesses are in a 3 way horse race for the title this year and sit in second spot behind Doncaster Belles and ahead of third placed Brighton.

 

 

Millwall and Brighton have a game in hand to reduce the gap to 3 and 4 points respectively with all 3 sides still to meet each other in the run in to the end of the season.

 

After 2 postponements against Sheffield and Spurs, the Lionesses are left with a congested fixture schedule which sees them play 5 of their final 7 games away from home.

 

Millwall host Doncaster and face the trip to Brighton on the final day of the season. Two games that will be very important in the run in, Doncaster still have to travel down south to Brighton on the 22nd of April, a match they could close or extend an important gap at the top.

 

THE THREE TEAMS

 

1ST | Doncaster Belles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doncaster sit pretty at the top of the WSL 2, unbeaten just like the Lionesses, Doncaster have had a very impressive season, something they will be looking to take into their final 6 games. The Belles have scored 2 or more goals in every league game this season. One of the main reasons for that would be the Donny star Jessica Sigsworth. Jessica has netted 13 times in 15 games this season and is helping Doncaster storm up the league, pushing past sides in the process.

 

Some would say Doncaster are the big hitters in this division scoring 39 goals in just 12 league games averaging 3.25 goals a game, making it very hard for any team to get even a point off of them. Millwall and Oxford remain the only two sides to get anything off Doncaster, Both sides drew 2-2 to the Belles early on in the season.

 

Doncaster also have the best defensive record in the league only conceding 11 goals in their 12 league games, proving hard to break down and hard to stop going forward. Conceding a goal on average every 0.92 games, Neil Redfearn has set his side up well as the northern side look to seal off an impressive season with some silverware.

 

2ND | Millwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With a win in their game in hand the Lionesses would reduce the gap to 3 points with Doncaster still having to travel to South London to take on the Lionesses. Passion, team togetherness and hard working are just a few words to describe the Lionesses this season. Lee Burch and his staff have worked wonders and have carried on their impressive form from the spring series into the season. Millwall will continue to play the underdogs after being wrote off by many at the start. Keeping the unbeaten run going will be key to the Lionesses success.

 

Charlie Devlin has been one of the star performers this year with her determination and grit to help get 3 points for the Lionesses. Charlie won the game for the Lionesses away at Villa and has been amongst the goals a lot this season and leads the top scorer list for the Lionesses. Defensively the Lionesses have improved as the season has gone one and have been much tougher to break down for the opposition.

 

The run in for the Lionesses don't look pretty but as shown this season pretty football and fancy flicks and tricks don't win football games. However what does win a game is team togetherness and hard work. The Lionesses are a physical side and teams have already lost before they even arrive at St.Pauls, a team that creates a hostile atmosphere for the opposition, can the Lionesses get over the hurdle?

 

3RD | Brighton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accepted into the top tier by the FA for next season there is no real pressure on the south coast side and may be the reason they have picked up some form of late. Brighton sit a point off the Lionesses and 7 off Doncaster but do have a game in hand on top spot to reduce the gap as well as hosting top of the table. Brighton have lost twice this season and it was against both of the sides above them, 4-3 and 4-1 defeats respectively.

 

Brighton have picked up a bit of form of late winning 4 on the bounce scoring 14 and only conceding 3. A side oozing confidence in their front line. Brighton are still outside contenders with 7 games left to play and the top two at home as well. Umitong has netted 8 times this season and leads the way with goals for Brighton in her first season. Whelan has also scored a fair few with 6 and Hope Powell will be relying on those two to get the team more goals in the run in.

 

IF and its is a massive IF, Brighton can get 6 points from Doncaster and Millwall, they do give themselves a real chance. A defeat to either of the two would see their title hopes all but over unless a massive dip in form was to occur from the top two. The seagulls have a nice run in of home games coming up with a run that consists of Doncaster at home before Aston Villa and Watford visit Culver Road.

 

THE RUN IN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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