Millwall Lionesses FC
Lewes FC Women
Sun 9 September 2018
Millwall Lionesses FC V Lewes FC Women
We look ahead to this Sunday's opening FAW Championship game against Lewes FC Women.
The Lionesses will look to put the Charlton defeat in the cup two weeks ago behind them as they look to start with a bang in their league opener at home to Lewes. Millwall won last years opener 3-1 at home to Watford and will look for a repeat of that this Sunday.
Lewes make their debut season in the second tier and will look to cause an uproar in the league. After the defeat two weeks ago to Charlton, Millwall will be making sure that it is the South London side that take all 3 points. A solid 1st half from the Lionesses against Charlton is what Chris will be expecting to see from his players for the full 90.
Gabby Ravenscroft and Evie Clarke were on target for the Lionesses as they formed a good partnership up top. Gabby initially drew the Lionesses level with a well taken goal from outside the box before then setting up striker partner Evie after good work down the right allowed Evie to tap home from close range. A partnership that Chris will be hoping can get stronger and better as the season continues and at a young age will grow well in a very talented Millwall side.
Players who didn't feature in the Charlton game such as Mackie and Charles will be hoping they've done enough over the last 2 weeks to earn themselves a place in the side as they look to get some early minutes under the belt. Riva Casley is rested so a centre back will be needed fro the visit of Lewes and Chris is not short of options, Beth Powell can be moved into centre half as well as Leanne but can also look to his bench for someone.
This is Millwall's first game at their new stadium (Princes Park) and after a change of venue it will be hoped that the Lionesses can make their new home ground a fortress and look to create a hostile atmosphere in an attempt to show up the big guns when they come to south London.
FEATURED PLAYER - GABBY RAVENSCROFT
Gabby joined the Lionesses this season and after scoring on her debut in the 4-2 defeat at Charlton 2 weeks ago, The striker will be hungry to add more goals as early as possible as she looks to lead the line with Evie Clarke. If its goals the Lionesses need, we're sure Gabby will supply.
Part of a successful Arsenal development side, Gabby found the onion bag on a lot of occasions and under the influence of new Millwall manager Chris Phillips who was the Arsenal under 23 manager, she proved her ability to Chris and gave him a few reasons why she was the right option to sign for Millwall. Her work rate off the ball allows her to get these openings and her high pressure really makes her a handful for the opposition defence.
This is Gabby's first season in senior football and just like a few of the players last season, especially Rianna Dean who also came from Arsenal, she will look to prove her worth. With a very competitive championship this season, arguably the most competitive ever, Gabby will have to hit form early on, not that the striker will be concerned, who oozes confidence.
Lewes will look to make an instant impact when they face Millwall on Sunday, After smashing the addicks 5-0 on match day 1 of the Continental cup Lewes will look to try and get off to a good start in the league and Lewes will be fancying themselves this Sunday to grab the 3 points.
After having their application for the second tier accepted , Lewes will look to push on from last season's success in a season where they won the cup. A team that is very well set up and pride themselves on gender equality for equal pay, Lewes are setting an example for other clubs.
Lewes will need to be prepared when the come to Princes park and aim to play their own football. The Lionesses only lost 1 home game last season in the league against Doncaster on their final home game and made it hard for teams to come to South London and get the 3 points, With a new set up, Lewes will try to exploit this and rattle the Lionesses on their opening day at Princes Park.
It's opening day of the season and the Lionesses will look to start the season how they would like to end it, with a bang. It's going to be a season of no expectation for the Lionesses as its very hard to tell how well they will do, but Chris would ideally want 3 points from the first game.
Team: LewesCompetition: LeagueVenue: Princes Park, DartfordTime: 2PMDate: Sunday 9th September