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Ladies: Alex Cheal's side bid to extend unbeaten start against Southampton – preview

16 September 2018

Ladies boss Alex Cheal is hoping his team can stay top of the pile as they face Southampton Saints this Sunday at the DN Fire Stadium.

In form Ladies are currently leading the way in the South West Division of the FA Women’s National League, one point ahead of Keynsham Town and today's opponents from Southampton who have both played one game less.

They are bidding to stretch their unbeaten start to the campaign having won three and drawn one of their opening four league matches but they face tough opposition this afternoon. 

“Two games in a week is never ideal at this level but we have a stronger squad than previously and options all across the pitch," said Cheal.

"It was great to keep the momentum going at Swindon (in Thursday night's 2-0 win) and in the first half we played some truly outstanding football,” he added.

“Under Adam Lee (the Saints Manager), Saints are always a well organised side and although they are in period of transition we must maintain our high level of concentration and focus.

“While our attackers get all the headlines, last week was our first clean sheet since March and that is testimony to our hardworking defence and excellent goalkeeper.

The Ladies and Southampton Saints have faced each other eight times in total with the south coast side winning on every occasion. Libby O’Dell, who was last season’s top scorer and pacy forward Krystal White are two players to watch out for.

The Robins' Annie Martin has had an impressive start to the season, netting 11 in five matches.

Today's match is at the DN Fire Stadium (home of Cheltenham Saracens) and kick-off is at 2pm. Entry is £2 and Cheltenham Town season ticket holders and Robins Trust members are admitted for FREE.

CHELTENHAM TOWN LADIES (from): Bec Panniers, Sarah Walters (c), Amy Leask, Abby Dance, Naomi Purvis, Cerys Dolloway, Lucy Durham, Sally Butterfield, Becky Wilkins, Louise Fensome, Kayleigh Hateley, Georgia Brown, Annie Martin, Ella Hitchcox, Rose Knuckey

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