Sheffield FC Ladies are buzzing ahead of cup-tie

Doncaster Rovers Belles and Sheffield FC Ladies contest contrasting ties in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals on Sunday.

Friday, 5th August 2016, 6:37 am
Action from the Sheffield derby pre season friendly which ended Sheffield Wednesday 5 Sheffield United 5. Photo: Julian Barker

Manchester City host Belles in an all-WSL 1 clash with table toppers City firm favourites to progress.

The pair then meet next Thursday in a League fixture at the Keepmoat with Belles still seeking their first points of the season.

Belles showed plenty of determination and spirit against Birmingham last Saturday, but were beaten by Kirsty Linnett’s goal on the hour.

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A WSL 2 team is guaranteed to make the semis as Sheffield host London Bees. Sheffield won 5-0 when the teams met three weeks ago but there will not be any complacency in the home camp, not least because Bees knocked out Chelsea in the previous round.

Sheffield can reflect that their adaption to WSL continues encouragingly. Hannah Dale equalised in the 1-1 draw at Everton and that gave Sheffield a return of four points from their two encounters with a team in third place with high hopes of clinching a top two promotion spot.

Sheffield have also taken four points from their their clashes with second place Bristol City who have still to meet Everton.

Ironically, Sheffield dropped to 8th in the table despite their fine result, but with games in hand I would expect a top half of the table finish and should a few results involving the top two (Sheffield have still to meet leaders Yeovil) prove favourable, then a promotion spot is not impossible.

Pre-season friendlies: Sheffield Development 1, Middlesbrough (first team) 6; Sheffield Wednesday 5, Sheffield United 5; Dinnington 1, Millmoor Juniors 1; Rovers Foundation 3, Sheffield Wednesday 1.