WSL Spring Series preview with Charlie MacKinnon
The WSL Spring Series enters its second round of fixtures with teams from across the two leagues showing their support to Kick It Out as part of a dedicated weekend of matches, as Charlie MacKinnon explains.
There are eight games taking place this weekend across WSL 1 and WSL 2.
On Friday night, there’s a top of the table clash at the Select Security Stadium as Liverpool Ladies take on Reading Women. The Reds are looking to continue their emphatic start to the series after they thrashed Yeovil Ladies 4-1 on the opening day.
Reading have also started the series well, as they defeated Bristol City Women 3-1. Liverpool will hope to turn up with the correct attire this week, after arriving for their opening series fixture without their playing kit.
Elsewhere in WSL 1, Chelsea Ladies take on Yeovil on Sunday afternoon, who were thrashed by Liverpool. The Blues begin their series campaign after finishing second in the WSL 1 table. Yeovil’s Sarah Wiltshire is a notable mention for the entire series, as she has returned to football just 11 weeks after giving birth in February; having already scored a penalty on the opening day.
Sunderland AFC Ladies take on Arsenal Ladies in the final WSL 1 Spring series game of the weekend, after an opening day stalemate with Birmingham Ladies. Arsenal play their first series game since finishing third in WSL 1 last year.
In WSL 2, there are five fixtures taking place on Sunday. In the early kick-off, Durham Women are looking to continue their fine form at the top of the table against fifth placed London Bees on Sunday. Later on Sunday afternoon, Everton Ladies take on Brighton & Hove Albion, with Everton sitting in fourth, but only three points off the top spot.
Millwall Lionesses are at home to Doncaster Rovers Belles as they look to maintain pressure on league leaders Durham. The Belles are currently sixth but have played several games less than most of the league.
Sheffield FC Ladies host Aston Villa Ladies, with Villa also chasing Durham. Sheffield will be searching for a much needed win as they sit near the bottom of the table in eighth spot.
Lastly, there’s a bottom of the table clash as tenth placed Oxford United Women face ninth placed Watford Ladies. Both are in trouble with Oxford having only picked up two points from seven games and Watford on five points, despite playing a game less.