Bradford City Women's penultimate game of the season ends in a well earned draw


I think it is safe to say this season has absolutely flown by and somehow we have just seen Bradford City Women play their final home game of the season against Norton & Stockton Ancients. It was a big game for Bradford who are trying to avoid the relegation zone and the fans turned out to get behind the team in their final game of the season at the Horsfall Stadium. In the end both teams walked away with 1 point however, it could have been a totally different result if chances were converted in the first half. 

City started the game off well putting Norton under some early pressure however, they found themselves 1-0 down in just the 3rd minute when Norton & Stockton's corner beat everyone and found the back of the net. City didn't give up though as they worked the ball around well and set up some chances of their own, a few great breaks through defence but the final shot just wasn't wanting to find the back of the net. City's Stuart probably had the best chance during this spell of play when she managed to get the ball past the 'keeper but unfortunately for City one of Norton's defenders had tracked back well and thumped the ball away from danger. 

Although most of the time since the first goal was dominated by City it was Norton who got the next goal of the game to give them a 2-0 lead, the Norton player chested the ball down before firing the ball into the back of the goal leaving City's 'keeper no chance of saving it. Again though City's heads didn't drop and they continued fighting back to try earn something from the game and their efforts soon paid off as a 38th minute goal from Hawkins, who capitalized on a poor clearance from the visitors saw Bradford going into half time just 1 goal behind. 

City came back out from half time fighting and certainly not giving up on the task at hand. City ended up with the first chance of the half when a great ball through to Knight ended up well saved by the Norton 'keeper. City's hard work finally paid off in the 59th minute though when Stuart finally got herself on the scoreboard, a corner was swung in and she managed to make a connection to bundle the ball over the line. It is safe to say the goal was a long time coming from Stuart who had plenty of chances in the first half and kept on pushing to get City into some great positions. 

With the scores level and City pressing for a winner it really did start to look promising for City however, in the 62nd minute Norton were awarded a penalty as City's 'keeper clashed with their attacker. From the stands it did look like a questionable penalty decision and City were protesting the decision but ultimately it was given and Norton converted it to retake the lead and make the game 3-2. 

There were a fair few delays in the game however, City's momentum didn't stop and they kept on pressing to get something out of the game after all they had come back from being 2-0 down and they knew they were more than capable of getting something out of the game. All the hard work paid off in the 82nd minute though when Stuart got her second of the game after a great ball into the box for her to slip it past the 'keeper from close range. Once that 3rd goal for City went in they kept on pushing and pushing for a winner but unfortunately time just wasn't on their side and the game ended 3-3. 

City were certainly unlucky throughout the game and could have easily been a few goals up in the first half but unfortunately a mix of great keeping, defending and miss hit shots kept the goals at bay. To say they went behind twice in the game though to pull it back to 3-3 I think it just goes to show the change we have seen in the team this season they kept their heads held high and kept fighting rather than getting disheartened and giving up which is what seemed to happen so often in previous seasons. 

Our player of the match for the final home game of the season has to be awarded to Charlotte Stuart. Charlotte has put in some solid performances throughout the season and this game was no different, she got herself on the scoreboard twice and helped get City in some great positions. Stuart had plenty of chances in the first half and was a key player in creating chances for others for the full 90 minutes of the game just like she has in previous games this season. Her awareness of the space around her and knowing what ball to play next to advance the team is brilliant and her two goals were well deserved. You could see in her celebrations just what the day meant to her too. 

The draw means Bradford City Women go into their final game of the season with just 1 point currently between them and the relegation zone, with FC United of Manchester still having 2 games to play so we will definitely be keeping an eye on their results as the season draws to a close. The team can definitely be proud though as they thought back twice to get a point from the game and never showed signs of giving up. With each goal you could see what it meant to the team and when the full time whilst blew you could see on the faces of the players just what the result meant. 

Fingers crossed results go in Bradford's favour in the run up to their final game of the season and they manage to avoid relegation as the team's performances definitely don't deserve that fate. 

The Since 71 x Southampton Women's FC X Kit & Bone Shirt Collaboration...

Photo : John Bilcliff

If you have read the blog for a while now you will know I am a sucker for a good football shirt, so when Since 71 let me know about the shirt they released of course I had to take a look for myself. I aren't usually a fan of white shirts but I love how this one has been designed as it looks nice and simple and thanks to the club badge being the only bit of colour on the shirt it really does draw attention to the heart of the club rather than sponsorship or kit manufacturer. 

This shirt is in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Southampton Women's Football Club's victory in the inaugural Women's FA Cup back in 1971.  For the celebration Since 71 have teamed up with the club and the fantastic Kit & Bone to launch a limited edition football shirt which includes the clubs newly designed crest. Since 71 have been a great source for women's football for years now and I think what they have done with this shirt is absolutely brilliant especially with the inspiration of the sites name coming from that ban on women's football being lifted back in 1971. 

Photo : John Bilcliff

Back in the inaugrual Women's FA Cup in 1970-71 seventy one teams set out to compete and on the 9th May 1971 Southampton Women came away 4-1 winners of the competition. I just think it is very fitting that Since 71 have taken part in this project with the 71 being prominent on shirt just as a little bit of a reminder to everyone of the year that the ban was lifted and the FA Cup was first won. 

The club itself were happy to be heavily involved in the project as they wanted to celebrate the first Women's FA Cup final and also share the proud history of the club. Plus what I love the most is that any profits from the sales are going to be used to invest back into helping females play football within the Hampshire, something that every area needs investment in and fingers crossed they can do some great work with the profits as I am sure it will be beneficial to many clubs and help get more females involved in the beautiful game. 

Photo : Dave Bodymore

The club actually wore the shirt during their National League game vs AFC Bournemouth and it looks absolutely fantastic and really does showcase that newly designed crest and has it catching your eye as all other details are worked into the white shirt well, it definitely gives off a retro vibe and it is something I wish more clubs would try. They actually wore this shirt for this particular game though as it was the same day as the postponed 2020/21 final between Arsenal and Chelsea which was actually the 50th final in the competition which goes to show how the game has come a long way since the ban was lifted but there is definitely a long way to go. 

I have followed Kit & Bone on Twitter since before this blog even got up and running so to see them get involve in the project and helping out the women's game is absolutely brilliant and to me just goes to show more and more companies want to take part in helping the women's game develop whilst also telling a story. Kit & Bone have done great with this shirt and I am excited to see what future projects for the women's game they take on in the future as they have never disappointed me. 

I know I will be adding this to my shirt collection as not only is it a brilliant shirt but with the profits going to such a good cause this is a shirt too good to miss out on. If you want to pick up the shirt for yourself you can get it from and don't forget to use discount code DAVIES9 when ordering. 

Whilst you are at it don't forget to give Since 71 a follow on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and check out their website
You can also find out more about Southampton women via their website, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram
Finally if you like football shirts be sure to check out Kit & Bone on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and their website

Let me know if you want a full review of the shirt when I receive mine. 

Photo : John Bilcliff

Match Report : Bradford City Women fall to defeat at home to Liverpool Feds


It was a big game at the Horsfall Stadium yesterday as Bradford City Women played host to Liverpool Feds in a game that has ended up leaving the league table looking very interesting as we approach the end of the season. Going into the game City were aiming to get further away from the relegation zone with just 5 points between them and the drop zone whilst at the other end of the table Liverpool Feds were looking to capitalise on their games in hand and close the gap on 1st place Newcastle United. In the end though it was Liverpool Feds who picked up the all important points from the game with a 2-0 victory. 

The first half was hit and miss for both teams with some scrappy play at times but then some moments of great momentum. City were lucky though with Liverpool being called offside a lot in the first half, they were going for the ball over the top and if they had stayed on side I think we might have seen a few goals early on however, City stepped up and played the offside trap well denying Liverpool early opportunities. For the first half City were moving the ball around well and got into some good positions but unfortunately the ball through on goal just couldn't find another City players feet and Liverpool were able to clear the danger. 

Both teams were putting pressure on each other in the first half but it seemed to be Bradford coming away with the ball more often than not and moving it around the pitch but again they just lacked in that final third and were unable to capitalise on the pressure they had piled on. As I mentioned earlier plays from both teams were scrappy at times but during the first half it seemed to be Liverpool wasting most of the possession with a lot of loose balls into open space for City to collect easily. 

There were a few moments towards the end of the first half where Liverpool picked up pace a little and made some threats on the City goal but two fantastic saves in quick succession and an offside kept the scoreline level at 0-0. The best chance of the half came with the last kick of the half when Liverpool's Pope took a brilliant free kick which seemingly had everyone beat before rattling off the inside of the post luckily for City though Stuart was there ready to clear the danger taking the game into half time goalless. 

The half time team talk for Liverpool definitely seemed to work as they performed much better in the second half but at the same time City also started off the half strong with a great ball through to Hawkins who just couldn't quite meet the ball to get a shot away. Liverpool definitely started adding the pressure as the half went on and it all paid off in the 54th minute, a great ball to the back post found the head of Kinvig who sent a looping header straight into the back of the net which in City's favour didn't look like it could be stopped. 

Once the first goal went in the game could have gone two ways for City, they could have put their heads down like they might have done in previous seasons or they could keep on pushing and try get something out of the game, City decided to take the second option and never showed signs of giving up and they almost got an equaliser for their efforts but unfortunately Hawkins shot rattled the post. With neither team looking like letting up the play was definitely back and forth with chances from both sides but neither team could quite find a breakthrough until the 72nd when Liverpool picked up their second of the game, a great bit of build up play helped Donoghue run onto the ball and slot it home into the bottom corner. 

Even 2-0 down City didn't seem to let up and had a few more chances of their own but unfortunately they couldn't get themselves on the scoreboard and the game ended 2-0 to the visitors. 

City definitely did well going into half time at 0-0 keeping Liverpool at bay for 45 minutes and they created some good space for themselves and some good chances however they just couldn't break down the Liverpool defence or find the target to get on the score sheet. The amount of early offside calls against Liverpool definitely help City out in the first half too. They definitely had the right ideas throughout the game but just couldn't get anything out of it. One of the standout players for Liverpool was definitely number 11 Pope who caused some really problems with some great breaks and plays. Our player of the match though has to go to City's Hawkins who once again put in a real shift throughout the game and really tried to get the team in some great positions and didn't look like giving up throughout her time on the pitch. 

The 2-0 result for Liverpool now takes them just 1 point behind league leaders Newcastle United with a game in hand on their competition and it keeps City 5 points away from the relegation zone however, they need to start picking up point soon as Barnsley who take up the last relegation spot still have a game in hand on City and with just the handful of games left this season it really vital to pick up every point available to move away from the drop zone. I think we are in for an interesting end to the season and I think in City's league it could easily be a very close call at both ends of the table but it is safe to say we are looking forward to seeing how it plays out.