Leicester City Women Football Club

Reserves preparing for League Cup Quarter Final Clash

  • Leah Grant’s side are into the last eight of the competition for the first time in five years
  • The Foxes will face Chichester City for a place in the Semi Finals
  • Leicester City currently sit third in the league, one of three sides still unbeaten

Leicester City Women Reserves are shaping up for the Reserves Cup Quarter Final next Sunday when they’ll play host to South West Division side, Chichester City Ladies.

LCWFC Reserves Manager Leah Grant is looking forward to a tough test, with Chichester City also sitting third in their league, only suffering their first league defeat last Sunday in a narrow 2-1 defeat.

“It’s the first time we’ve drawn a team outside of our region, so it’s exciting for us to have a new team to play. In terms of expectations, I’m expecting a tough fixture and Chichester’s from so far is pretty similar to ours.

“We will prepare the same way as usual and work to our own strengths. All of the girls believe in our game plan and playing style and we stick by it. It’s been great seeing this come to life already this season.”

The Foxes host Chichester City Ladies at Riverside Pavilion on Sunday 18 November for a place in the Semi Finals of the FA Women’s National League Reserves Cup.

The Foxes’ league form is similarly impressive, one of three sides still unbeaten, Leicester City picked up an impressive 4-0 win over Long Eaton United on Sunday with goals from Shannon Henson, Jade Benford and a brace from Favour Omenazu.

Today, Leah Grant’s side host Coventry United at Riverside Pavilion, hoping to close the two-point gap between themselves and Stoke City Ladies at the top of the Midlands Division table.

“I think we’ve started the season well, we’ve had a mixture between some tough games and some easier ones. I felt like we didn’t really get going in the league as we had cup games early on, but we are getting into the swing of things now. Our form is good, and I’m happy with being unbeaten having faced some tough fixtures with West Brom, Derby County and Loughborough Foxes early on.”

Having won the Midlands Division in 2016, the Foxes have been in amongst the title challengers in both the past two seasons, missing out by just one point in 2017. Grant’s side are impressing with their depth including opportunities for the Club’s Development players to progress.

“We’ve got a good depth to our squad and it’s been great to give everyone some rotation and we’ve also been bringing in some players from the Under 18s to give them some opportunities too.

“I think as always, the target for us is to provide all of our girls with the opportunity to develop and express themselves. A lot of them are just entering open age football and need this time to adapt and put their mark on it.”

Whilst Leicester City are progressing well in both the Cup and League competitions, Manager Leah Grant has stressed that the player progression towards the first team is her main aim for the season.

“We are obviously hopeful for a good run in both the League Cup and County Cup competitions. Naturally we always want to be competitive and aim for the highest possible finish in the FAWNL Reserves Midland Division too.

“Personally, I want to get as many of my girls to have opportunities with the first team, whether that be training or game time.”

With the first team not in action over the next two weeks, supporters can get behind Leah Grant’s side in two important fixtures over the next two Sundays, both at Riverside Pavilion.

Ground Address: Riverside Pavilion, Braunstone Lane East, Leicester, LE3 2FW