WOMEN'S WEEKLY

Posted on: Thu 04 Oct 2012

As the Chelsea Ladies' season draws to a close, we assess the campaign, and look ahead to our final game of the season this weekend…

The FA WSL season draws to a close this weekend, and the Blues end the campaign with a home clash against Lincoln City.

The season as a whole has been a mixed one for Chelsea Ladies. Under the stewardship of former manager Matt Beard we started well, and reached the FA Cup final, only to see our hopes of glory cruelly dashed with a penalty shoot-out defeat against Birmingham City.

That result appeared to dent the confidence of the side, and we embarked upon a run where victories proved elusive, eventually culminating in the departure of Beard, who left the club after over three years at the helm.

Emma Hayes, an experienced manager who has previously worked at Arsenal, as well as in the US, came in to take over, and after seeing her new side beat Doncaster Rovers in her first game in charge, she was forced to watch on as we lost successive matches against both Birmingham and Everton.

However, a 1-0 victory away at Bristol Academy, courtesy of a Dani Buet penalty, saw us return to winning ways, and give ourselves a chance of finishing the season positively.

A win against Lincoln on Sunday afternoon at Wheatsheaf Park, coupled with Bristol failing to secure three points in their final game against Everton, will see us finish fourth in the table.

Chemmy showing support
For our final game of the season, Chelsea Ladies will have the backing of Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott, as the game is dedicated to our global charity partner, Right To Play.

The charity will be giving away prizes to fans during the match, which kicks off at 2pm, while Alcott will host some half-time fun and be available to speak to media.

Alcott is Britain's top downhill skier and is hard in training for Sochi 2014 after being a torchbearer for London 2012. She is a long-standing supporter of Right To Play and even climbed Kilimanjaro in 2008 to raise money for the cause.

As well as half-time entertainment and competitions, the players will also pose for photos and sign autographs after the final whistle.

Right To Play works tirelessly to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health and peace.

Duo called up for national service
Two Chelsea players have been called up to the England squad for the forthcoming game against France in Paris, their first match since securing qualification for the European Championships.

Claire Rafferty and Dunia Susi, both members of Team GB at London 2012, were called into the squad by Hope Powell and will be hopeful of starting in the French capital.

Chelsea Ladies v Lincoln takes place at Wheatsheaf Park on Sunday 7 October, kick-off 2pm.

Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for juniors and seniors.