Cardiff City Ladies vs Cheltenham Town Women Preview

By Matt Chedgzoy

Cardiff City Ladies will be looking to record their third FAWNL Southern Premier win in a row on Sunday afternoon when Cheltenham Town Women visit Newport Stadium (2pm kick-off).

Fern Burrage-Male’s side secured their second away victory of the season last weekend, defeating relegation-fighting Chatham Town Women 0-2 in Kent. Jessie Taylor’s first half strike and a second goal in as many games from Chloe Lloyd handed the Dragons their second win in a row, following the previous weekend’s win against Billericay Town Women.

This weekend’s fixture with Cheltenham has been moved forward from Wednesday 28th February due to international call-ups for both sides.

 

Opposition Focus

After a strong start to the 2023/24 league season, winning three of their first five games, Cheltenham have struggled for form – sitting 9th in the table and winless since the end of October.

Nevertheless, the Gloucestershire side hold a healthy gap to the relegation zone and sit just a point behind the Dragons. After a 2-2 draw between the two teams in the first league encounter of the season, the Robins knocked Cardiff out of the Women’s FA Cup with a 3-0 win in November.

Founded under the name ‘Cheltenham YMCA’ in 1989, the club are currently enjoying their second season at Tier 3, after lifting the FAWNL Division One South-West title at the end of 2021/22. They enjoyed an 8th place finish in the Southern Premier Division in 2022/23, their last season at Cirencester’s Corinium Stadium before making the move to Bishop’s Cleeve’s Kayte Lane for the start of this campaign.

Half of the Robins’ goals this term have been scored by Wales youth international Pheobe Poole, who joined the club from Cardiff City Women last summer. Other familiar faces within the Cheltenham ranks include Wales youth international Lily Billingham and former Cardiff Met Women captain Emily Allen.

Wales centurion Natasha Harding joined the club in September of last year having initially retired from football and has gone on to make five appearances this season – scoring twice. Her first goal for Cheltenham came just four minutes into November’s cup tie with the Dragons.

 

Teisar and O’Sullivan Receive Wales call-ups

Having initially been called up to the Wales under-19 squad last week, Cardiff City Ladies’ Tianna Teisar has earned her first senior international call-up, named in Jon Grey’s first Wales squad ahead of a friendly with Ireland at the end of this month.

The 18 year-old forward has impressed since her loan return to South Wales, featuring in the Dragons’ last two wins.

Goalkeeper Laura O’Sullivan keeps her long-held spot in the squad, too. The 55-time international is beginning the 8th year of her association with the national team.

Congratulations and good luck to both Tianna and Laura!

 

Taylor and Lloyd the heroes as City topple Chats

A goal in each half from Jessie Taylor and Chloe Lloyd handed Cardiff City Ladies their fourth win of the FAWNL Southern Premier Division season last weekend as Fern Burrage Male’s team look to move up the table and further from the relegation zone.

Consecutive wins against Chatham and Billericay have propelled them to within six points of the top half and they will be hoping to continue their momentum with the visit of Cheltenham on Sunday. After a slow start to 2023/24, City now find themselves in 7th place, representing their highest position in the table since returning to the league last year.

The Dragons took the lead inside half an hour in Kent – Jessie Taylor scoring her first goal in Cardiff colours. Chloe Lloyd would secure victory shortly after half time, netting her second penalty in as many games to ensure that the three points would be heading back to South Wales.

Tianna Teisar was awarded ‘Opposition Player of the Match’ on just her third outing for the club.

 

Form Guide

Cardiff City are in hot pursuit of their third consecutive win as they look to climb the league table, while Cheltenham are in search of their first three points since October.

 

Last 5:

Cardiff City: WDLWW

Cheltenham Town: LLLLD

 

Address

Newport Stadium

Stadium Way

Newport

NP19 4PT

 

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