Us Bristol City fans were hoping our Continental Cup form of two wins would rub off onto our league form which has been modest at best with only two points picked up so far in two battling draws against Brighton and Liverpool, as we welcomed Tottenham Hotspur to the Stoke Gifford Stadium for the first time in a Womens Super League game.
We started the day with another of our ‘Bristol City Women Supporters Club‘ pre match gatherings at our local pub near the ground where we talked all things ‘Vixens’ including planning our daunting but exciting upcoming trip to the Madejski Stadium to play Reading in a few weeks, we were also delighted on this occasion to be joined by our good friends from Yeovil, Bryan and Daisy Passmore, but where slightly apprehensive when we saw the team lineups come through to see that our young striker Ebony Salmon who had been in good form was relegated to the bench & our goalscoring Hope’s were resting on former Hibernian forward Abi Harrison who had so far failed to score in twelve previous WSL appearances for the club.
I spoke to Daisy after the game, she shared my disappointment at the result. “This defeat was very hard to take, especially as I felt we were relatively in control for the best part of an hour. I really felt sorry for Harrison, her first WSL goal counted for nothing. Hopefully it will give her confidence going forward, we must now appreciate we are very much part of a relegation battle now especially with our next three league games looking somewhat daunting on paper. Sandwiched between trips to Reading and Arsenal is the visit of Manchester City. It is hard to see where a much needed win is coming from especially as we have failed to capitalise against the supposed “weaker” teams. On top of trying to find a way of not conceding goals from long shots we need to find that fighting mentality and team spirit that saw us impress so many in the early part of last season.