Women's Weekly

After two weeks without a match, Chelsea Ladies are back in action this weekend and the test doesn’t get any bigger, with table-topping Birmingham City the visitors to Wheatsheaf Park.

Birmingham battle at the top
The Blues of London will be hoping to get back to winning ways after their last outing, at Liverpool two weeks ago, ended in defeat.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website ahead of Sunday’s match at Staines Town FC, assistant manager Paul Green says the squad have put that result firmly behind them.

‘We’re looking forward to the game and we realise it’s a big opportunity for us,’ said Green. ‘If we were to win the game it would send us top with four games remaining. To get the three points and go to the summit is a big incentive for us.

‘The girls have been in good spirits and everyone has got over the Liverpool defeat. We’re all looking forward to getting back on home soil again this weekend.

‘Preparation for the game has been disrupted a little bit with players away on international duty, but every club is the same, including Birmingham who have also had their internationals away. We are all ready to go at the weekend and we just can’t wait to get started now.’

Kick-off at Wheatsheaf Park, the home Staines Town, is at 2pm, with tickets available on the gate priced at £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.

Chelsea pair help England qualify
England booked their place at the World Cup finals in Canada last night with the Chelsea duo of Eniola Aluko (pictured celebrating top) and Laura Bassett among the goalscorers in a 4-0 win against Wales.

Needing just a point to qualify, England dismantled their neighbours in Cardiff to maintain their 100% record in the group, which has seen them score 42 goals and concede just once.

Aluko got the second goal of the evening with a stunning effort, controlling a throw-in on her chest and lashing in a volley from 15 yards, before Bassett added to that advantage when she prodded home from a corner.

Our pair can now look forward to the World Cup finals, which are being held in Canada next summer.

Girls’ training camp a success
The Chelsea FC girls’ training camp finished yesterday, with the top-level coaching clinics and workshops proving extremely popular with the girls aged between seven and 16. On Wednesday members of Chelsea Ladies squad took part in a Q&A session with the youngsters and also passed on playing tips.