Wallsend BC Women v Sunderland AFC Ladies
Friendly - Sunday 25th April 2021, 2.30 pm – Kirkley Park – Behind Closed Doors
After going out of the Vitality Women’s FA Cup on penalties, two weeks ago, against Burnley FC Women. The lasses have an opportunity to quickly get that out of their system with a friendly against Wallsend BC Women at Kirkley Park. Sunderland Ladies will be using their series of upcoming friendlies over the next four weeks to prepare for the 2021/22 season.
Games against Leeds United, Norton, Brighouose Town and Chester-le-Street will keep the side playing weekly up until 23rd May.
At this stage it is not clear which league the Lasses will be playing in next season. If Sunderland Ladies submit an application for the FA Women’s Championship and are successful, it will be no more than the club deserves after setbacks over a number of seasons. If not, they will be looking to make an all out assault on winning the FA Women’s National League Northern Premier Division where they played last season.
The Opposition: Wallsend BC Women
Wallsend won 8-1 last week against Alnwick Town Development in the County Cup. They’re a talented and hard working side who play their football in the NERWFL. The last time the two sides met back in September 2020, Sunderland ran out 13-0 winners. Wallsend will be glad to know that Maria Farrugia, who netted four goals for the lasses that day, is unlikely to be available due to travel restrictions from her native Malta, during the pandemic.
Sunderland Ladies Team News
Beyond Farrugia’s continued absence, with it being a friendly there has been little in the way of team news from the club. I’d envisage Sunderland Manager Mel Reay using the game to give players who have not featured as much during the league, some game time, and to look at different systems with a view to next season.
Ha’way the Lasses!