Ladies preview: Standards so high

Carly Telford expects Chelsea Ladies to come up against a very different Bristol City side today from the one they defeated 6-0 on the opening day of the season.

The Blues take on the Vixens at the Stoke Gifford Stadium this evening (Saturday) for our second game of the Continental Tyres Cup group stage.

On Wednesday evening we opened our account with a 3-0 success at Brighton & Hove Albion, which was our sixth clean sheet in seven matches this term, a run which began against Bristol in our first-ever game at Kingsmeadow.

'Bristol will be a different kettle of fish to the side we faced on the opening day,’ Telford said. ‘They've had some good results, some not-so-good results, but they're a very good unit and the manager will have them well drilled, especially at home.

'At the same time, our class always shows through. Players are getting lots of minutes, we're not conceding goals and we are scoring plenty – if we keep that up, who knows where we will be at the end of the season?' 

After rejoining the club at the start of the Spring Series earlier this year, Telford kept goal in seven of our eight matches, but she’s had to bide her time at the start of the new campaign.

While Hedvig Lindahl has started the majority of matches and Becky Spencer was called in for our win over Liverpool, Telford had to wait until last weekend’s game against Yeovil to make her maiden appearance this term.

'It was fantastic to be back on the pitch and it was my first time playing at Kingsmeadow,' she said. 'With two other great goalkeepers at the club, I wouldn't say it is so much pressure, but I just want to make sure I'm doing as well as the other two.

‘They'd both kept clean sheets so when you come in, you want to do the same thing. I trust the girls in front of me and as goalkeepers we know we're going to be so well protected by the 10 in front of us, but when we do have something do, we need to do our job.

'We all want to keep clean sheets and even if we score 10, if there is a goal against too then we'll walk off the pitch disappointed. That's how high our standards are in every game.’

Bristol City Women v Chelsea Ladies is tonight at 5.30pm.

Next Sunday’s game away to Reading Women at Wycombe will now begin five minutes later, at 12.35pm.