Sheffield’s Ladies prepare for their biggest ever game this weekend

Jodie Michalska's hat-trick took her to the 200 mark for Sheffield Ladies. Photo: Steve Ellis
Jodie Michalska's hat-trick took her to the 200 mark for Sheffield Ladies. Photo: Steve Ellis

Sheffield FC Ladies play the biggest match in their history on Sunday.

They bid to end their 2014-15 campaign as they began it, with victory over the reigning FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division champions on a Bank Holiday weekend.

Back in August Sheffield won 2-0 against Coventry City with whom they had a see-saw battle for this season’s Northern Division title, City having switched from the Southern Division which they just edged in 2014.

This Sunday Sheffield face Portsmouth at Stratford Town in the Championship Play Off Final with the winners (providing they satisfy licensing criteria) being promoted to the FA Women’s Super League 2 for 2016.

Northern Division champions Sheffield concluded their league programme with a 3-0 victory at Sporting Club Albion.

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Jodie Michalska’s fifth league hat trick of the season giving her 25 goals in the Northern Division this season, 11 more than the next highest, while she also reached a double century of goals in all matches since joining Sheffield having previously been prolific at both Sheffield United and Lincoln City. Both teams lost just twice in league matches.

Meanwhile, this year’s WSL 2 title race looks like rivalling the men’s Sky Bet Championship. Doncaster Rovers Belles lost their uneaten start when beaten 3-0 by Reading. Laura Bruton 2 and Bianca Bragg struck in the second half for Reading who now top the table above Belles on goal difference.

Belles were at Durham last night and their one other game before the mid-season break is at Yeovil who are third, three points behind

It was 4-3 to Belles at home to Durham in the WSL Development League. Nicole Dale 2, Lauren Cresswell (pen) and Holly Housley, with a driven winner in injury time, were the scorers.

The FAWPL Northern Division One season has one fixture left when Sheffield United Community host Chester Le Street at Gosforth fields on Sunday. United lost 4-1 to Morecambe last Sunday, Ruby Hall scoring.

Having all but secured Midlands Division One safety a week earlier Steel City Wanderers also suffered a 4-1 home defeat, Paris Wagstaff their scorer against FC Reedswood.

Steels finished 10 goals better off than relegated Mansfield who ironically had pipped Steels to promotion from the East Midlands Premier Division by just one goal in 2013.