Leicester City Women Football Club

Guiseley Vs LCWFC – Preview

Photo: Kevin Clarke

Leicester City Women travel to AFC Guiseley tomorrow (Sun 22nd) looking to return to 2nd place having dropped down again during the week.

With league leaders Middlesbrough not in action this weekend, Leicester and Blackburn who are both playing away from home will look to close the gap.

Both Blackburn and Leicester meet next Sunday in the FA WPL League Cup Final at Chesterfield’s Proact Stadium and both sides play during the week as well with Leicester set to host struggling West Bromwich Albion at Farley Way Stadium on Wednesday 25th.

League Table

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Last Time We Played

Having not won a game all season, AFC Guiseley arrived at Farley Way Stadium just a few weeks ago knowing they’d need to turn their results around quickly if they were to avoid an immediate return to Northern Division 1.

A strong defensive performance for the visitors was aided when they went 1-0 up inside the opening 10 minutes. Leicester continued to press for much of the first half but lacked the clinical final passes that had seen them score 10 goals in their past two games. Charlotte Greengrass pulled Leicester back level from a corner 10 minutes before the break.

In the second half, Guiseley again remained compact in defence and they continued to thwart any Leicester chances. New signing Emily Heckler scored her first goal for the club with 20 minutes remaining forcing Jonathan Morgan’s side to push further up the pitch in search of a second equaliser.

This left them open at the back when Heckler found herself with plenty of time and space to pick out the bottom corner and put Guiseley 3-1 up with minutes left to play. Leicester did pull another goal back as substitute Paige Crossman showed good control to bring the ball down and round the keeper but it wasn’t enough as Guiseley picked up their first win of the season. 3-2.

LCWFC Manager Jonathan Morgan:

“We were bitterly disappointed with our own performance against Guiseley and it was a big loss for us regarding the title challenge. Guiseley played excellent that day and we have definitely learnt a lot of lessons ready for tomorrow’s fixture.”

The Form Guide

Since the start of 2018, AFC Guiseley’s league form has steadily improved, only once have they failed to score, whilst they’ve netted 2+  goals in each of the other 4 league games. Having let a 2-1 lead slip away to Derby County to leave with a point, The Vixens have then picked up back to back wins for the first time since last season.

AFC Guiseley Last 5: WWLDL

Having put the surprise defeat to Guiseley behind them, Leicester City pulled off a stunning come back against league favourites Blackburn Rovers where a Sophie Domingo double gave Leicester all 3 points inside second half stoppage time. The Foxes know they cannot afford any more slip ups if they are to push for top spot come May.

Leicester City Last 5: WLWWD

LCWFC Manager Jonathan Morgan

“It was great to bounce back [against Blackburn] in such a great fashion. Understandably the girls were delighted. We know we need a few results to go our way but we are determined to keep the pressure on Blackburn all the way.”

When asked if the League Cup Final will be playing on the girls minds:

“Everyone is playing for their starting place in the final [Next Sunday]. That alone should keep everyone focused on the game. We also feel we are very much in this title race and realise we can not afford to slip up again. We have a strong squad and we always put out the best 11 for the match in hand. All our girls are fit and raring to go.”

How to watch the match

Nethermoor Park is just over two hours drive from Leicester City Centre.

Nethermoor Park
Otley Road
Guiseley
Leeds
LS20 8BT

Alternatively the game will be streamed live on our YouTube channel with full match commentary. live from 1.45pm.