Ladies preview: Keeping our momentum
news Wed 21 Feb 2018
Chelsea Ladies will be looking to build on our impressive recent form when we travel to Yeovil in the WSL1 tonight…
After a run of eight home games in our past 10 matches in all competitions, the Blues start a run of four away fixtures on the bounce with a trip to Huish Park.
Our recent form has been excellent – five straight clean sheets, four victories and 19 goals scored. The most recent of those matches took place at Kingsmeadow on Sunday, when we beat Doncaster Rovers Belles 6-0 to progress in the Women’s FA Cup.
Ji So-Yun scored the only goal of the first half before producing two brilliant assists after half-time to help us increase our lead, Fran Kirby and Drew Spence the beneficiaries. Substitute Erin Cuthbert then scored a brace either side of Ramona Bachmann’s penalty to take her tally to five in two matches in this season’s FA Cup.
Yeovil have yet to avoid defeat in any of their 13 fixtures in the 2017/18 campaign and they are still awaiting a first WSL1 goal of the season. In their first game of 2018 they were beaten 8-0 by Liverpool, for whom Blues loanee Bethany England scored four times, and their most recent match was a 4-0 defeat to Arsenal.
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Millie Bright [pictured right] is enjoying the successive clean sheets, as the Blues made it four consecutive victories with our win over her old club Donny, as well as the busy period of fixtures.
‘The run of clean sheets is massive,’ she said. ‘It gives the team confidence and we always want to keep clean sheets. It allows us to build on each performance and it puts a message out to all the other teams that we’re not conceding goals. It’s a massive part of our game, as is putting the ball in the back of the opposition net.
‘We’ve got some tough fixtures coming up this week. I’m a player who likes a challenge and we like a lot of fixtures, because it allows us to keep our momentum, and we’ve got enough depth in the squad to rotate the team and keep everyone fresh throughout.'
We met Yeovil three times in 2017, recording a big win in each fixture. The Blues ran out 6-0 winners at the end of April to kick off the Spring Series campaign, although the floodgates only opened when Ji netted a quick-fire brace before half-time. Drew Spence was also on target, as were WSL debutants Bachmann, Cuthbert and Crystal Dunn.
That match took place at our old home at Wheatsheaf Park, but it was a similar story when we welcomed the Glovers to Kingsmeadow in October. This time, though, the goals were shared among only three players, as Eniola Aluko, Karen Carney and Dunn netted twice each.
Having scored 12 in two matches, that tally became 20 by the end of our third meeting of the year, this time in the group phase of the Continental Tyres Cup. Dunn contributed another goal against her favourite opponents and our lead was 4-0 at the half-time interval following an own goal, Cuthbert's thumping effort and a cheeky effort by Drew Spence.
After the break Cuthbert finished well to make it five before Fran Kirby netted the sixth with her third successful penalty of the week, after converting two for England. Late goals from Davison and Spence put the finishing touch on an emphatic victory.