Five games from glory for United Women
Manchester United Women are preparing for the final few weeks of the season and begin the run-in with a massive clash against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies on Sunday, one that could prove crucial in deciding the ultimate destination of the Championship title.
Casey Stoney’s side did not need a second invitation and made the most of Tottenham’s slip up by beating Charlton Athletic Women 2-1, thanks to goals from Katie Zelem and Jess Sigsworth.
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It means the Reds are top of the pile by a point with just five matches remaining, and, crucially, we have a game in hand on Spurs ahead of our trip to Theobalds Lane.
“It’s another game we have to win,
“ Stoney told MUTV after the Charlton victory.
“It was always going to have to be a must-win game [against Tottenham] and that’s how tight the title is. We concentrate on us. We prepare for us to win the game and it’s going to be another difficult place to go.”
Last time we locked horns with Spurs, it was an enjoyable afternoon for the Reds as Lauren James, Sigsworth (2) and Charlie Devlin found the back of the net in a 4-1 victory.
Three more points on Sunday would be a huge step towards achieving our aim of winning the league in the team’s maiden season.
Of course, it could also prove to be a vital in clinching promotion to the Women’s Super League. United are eight points clear of Durham Women in third, meaning we need to pick up a minimum of eight points from five games to guarantee promotion.
United made it to the quarter-finals of the SSE Women’s FA Cup, but went one better in the Continental Tyres League Cup when we were eliminated in the last four by Arsenal, who currently sit top of the Women’s Super League.
31 March: Tottenham Hotspur Ladies v United Women
17 April: United Women v Aston Villa Ladies
20 April: United Women v Crystal Palace Ladies
28 April: Millwall Lionesses v United Women
12 May: United Women v Lewes Women
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