Ladies preview

Wednesday 16 October 2002

Fulham Ladies v Birmingham City Ladies
Woking FC, Sunday 20th October. Kick off 2pm

Fulham Ladies look to take on Birmingham City, having last met in the Finals of the Premier League Cup in April, coming out victors 7-1. Birmingham City were the Fulham Ladies equivalent of the Northern Division last season, gaining promotion to the National Premier Division at the same time.

Birmingham City Ladies FC have risen rapidly through the league system. In 1998, they were promoted to the newly formed Combination League and at their first attempt won the league and gained automatic promotion into the National Northern Division. The club has continued this fantastic run by winning promotion to the National League after only 2 seasons.

Birmingham City Ladies have focused strongly on a youth policy over the last 2-3 years and has one of the youngest squads in the National Premier Division. They currently have players representing them in the U19 and U17 England teams.

Fulham remain on top of the National Premier League table on 16 points after 6 games. They remain unbeaten, but have however dropped 2 points by drawing against Charlton three weeks ago.

Birmingham City are currently standing in 9th position having taken just 3 points in 5 games and have yet to come out on top this season. Despite this, they have drawn against Leeds United, Everton and Southampton Saints, all three teams lying just above them in the league.

Despite the close competition this season, Fulham have still managed to score 24 goals, an average of 4 per game and have conceded just 4 (3 of which game in the tightly fought game against Charlton). Fulham's top goal scorers include Una Nwajei on 5 league goals, Kristy Moore on 4 and Margunn Haugenes and Sanchia Duncan on 3 a piece. Despite Fulham's success to date, Arsenal have yet to drop any points and have also scored 20 goals in just 4 games, putting them ahead on goal average in the league.

Birmingham City look to have hit a goal scoring drought, with just one successful strike in the last 5 matches. However, Birmingham City have proved stronger in defence. Their goal concession rate is one of the lowest in the league, with their keeper conceding just 8 in the same period. Only Leeds, Fulham and Arsenal have seen fewer shots beat their keepers.

Tickets: Adults £3, Senior Citizens £2, Children under 16 £1. Includes matchday programme. FFC adult and senior season ticket holders received 50% on admission.

Upcoming fixtures:

Charlton v Fulham 23/10/02

Fulham take part in Charlton's footballing history on Wednesday when they play Charlton Ladies in their debut match at The Valley. With kick-off at 7.45pm, entry is £3 adults and £1 concessions. These can be purchased in advance via the Charlton Athletic ticket office on 020 8333 4010 or bought in person on the night of the game. You can also contact the ticket office by e-mail at: tickets@cafc.co.uk

Fulham v Liverpool 27/10/02

Woking FC. 2pm kick off. 2nd Round of Premier League Cup.