Leicester City Women Football Club

Grant: A hard few months ahead

Leicester City Women’s Reserves are enjoying a positive 2018/19, sitting top of the Midlands Division table and reaching two semi-finals, but Manager Leah Grant knows they have a tough few months ahead of them.

  • Reserves progressed to the County Cup Semi Finals on Sunday with a penalty shoot-out victory over Loughborough Foxes
  • Leah Grant’s side are still unbeaten in all competitions this season
  • The Foxes are also top of the FA WNL Reserves Midland Division

Leicester City Women’s Reserves are through to the Leicestershire FA County Cup Semi-Finals after a 6-5 win on penalties following a dramatic 3-3 draw in normal time.

Fiona Worts scored twice either side of half time as Leah Grant’s side came from behind before an equaliser saw the sides enter the final ten minutes locked at 2-2.

Substitute Gracie Williams thought she’d sealed the win for Leicester City with a header in the 88th minute before former City player Rebecca Knight levelled the scores at 3-3 inside stoppage time.

Speaking to LCWFC TV, Leah Grant said: “We were all really happy with the game, naturally. We went into the game as massive underdogs, but I thought we played excellently and proved why we were capable of getting the result.

“I felt we could’ve won in normal time and for a few minutes it seemed that way. It was a dramatic penalty shoot-out, we’ve had one already this season. There is nothing like that feeling when Alex scored the winning penalty.

The victory over FA WNL side Loughborough Foxes is another highlight in a bright season so far, the Reserves currently sit top of the Reserves Midland Division, a point clear of second placed Stoke City.

Leah Grant’s side are also through to the Semi-Finals of the FA WNL Reserves League Cup where they have been drawn against Southern Division side Charlton Athletic.

“We have two semi-finals coming up and a title chase in the league. It’s going to be a hard few months, but I can’t see the attitude or desire of the girls changing any time soon.

“There is the biggest sense of togetherness and team morale in the squad. I believe in every single one of the girls and they believe in each other just as much and their attitudes are first class.

“We will keep working hard in training and developing the psychological and social skills too, which I think has been massive to our success.

Leicester City Women’s Reserves host West Bromwich Albion on Sunday 27 January at Riverside Pavilion looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season to sixteen matches.