Cardiff City Ladies will hope to record consecutive wins for the second time this season when they travel to Chatham Town Women on Sunday afternoon (2.30pm kick off).
The Dragons last achieved the feat with league and cup victories over London Bees and Plymouth Argyle respectively at the beginning of October. Fern Burrage-Male’s side defeated Billericay Town 2-1 at the Newport Stadium last weekend thanks to first half goals from Chloe Lloyd and Ellie Sargent.
Hosts Chatham side just inside the relegation zone, one place below City. The first meeting between the two sides this season resulted in a 1-1 draw – Libby Piggott’s early opener ultimately cancelled out by a stunning Ellie Jeffkins free kick.
Chatham Town Women’s history begins in 1995, when Gillingham FC owner Paul Scally co-opted a local team called Borstal ’88.
After a period as an independent outfit, the team was brought back under the Gills’ umbrella in 2014 as Gillingham Ladies. During the Covid-19 pandemic, it was announced that the club would no longer be operating a women’s setup – so the team once became independent under the name of Gillingham Women.
The first seeds of the Chatham Town Women era were sown in 2022 when Chatham’s manager/chairman Kevin Hake was announced as the new owner/chairman of Gillingham Women. It was announced in May 2023 that the team would be joining the Chatham Town setup ahead of the 2023/24 season, while preserving their Tier 3 status.
Chatham have endured a difficult season in the FAWNL Southern Premier Division to date, sitting in 11th place and eight points from safety. The Kent outfit are winless in the league in 2023/24, drawing five times and tasting defeat on eight occasions.
The Chats do have an impressive 5-4 conquest of AFC Wimbledon to their name this season. Ellie Jeffkins’ last-gasp penalty set up a glamour tie with Championship outfit Crystal Palace, after AFC had equalised to make it 4-4 earlier in stoppage time.
They have also recruited well since the turn of the year, securing the signings of Darcy Wells (from Sutton United), Otesha Charles (Billericay Town), Simone Eligon (formerly of Charlton Athletic) and Holly Turner (Ipswich Town, loan) in their bid for survival.
Sunday’s hosts can also boast international experience within their ranks. Jasmine Auguste earned her first cap for Saint Lucia in December, while new signing Eligon has appearances for Trinidad & Tobago to her name.
Teisar makes Dragons debut and receives Wales call-up
Last weekend’s victory over Billericay Town saw new signing Tianna Teisar record her first minutes in a Cardiff City shirt. The Bristol City loanee played 75 minutes in the 2-1 game at Newport Stadium.
Teisar has since been called up for Wales under-19 action later this month. She will join fellow new signing Maisie Miller on camp for a double-header of friendlies against Scotland.
“It has to be 100% commitment from everyone” – Spyropoulos
Cardiff City Ladies assistant manager Jon Spyropoulos believes that the Dragons “showed their best selves” in the first half of the victory against Billericay but acknowledges that there is still work to do in the side’s bid for Tier 3 survival.
“We played really well out of possession and I thought we did really well in possession”, he told the club’s media team.
“Everyone dug in throughout, everyone put 100% effort in. I think that we showed our best selves, especially in the first half.
“But there’s always more that we can do. There’s always better detail that we can take onboard, there’s always more that we can apply to ourselves – both on the pitch and as coaching staff off the pitch.,
“[Chatham] are a tough opposition but we can take forward what we’ve built on and make sure that we come away with a positive result”.
City discovered during October’s 1-1 draw that Chatham can provide a tough test for opposition and Jon is aware
“They’ve shown [that they are tough opposition] in the last five games when you look at the scoreline and how they’ve played”, he started.
“We have to go down there with the mentality that we had against Billericay. It has to be 100% commitment from everyone.”
Chatham are still in search of their first three points of the season but will be hoping to build on recent positive performances. Cardiff have the chance to record back-to-back league victories for the first time this season after last weekend’s result.
Chatham Town: LLDLL
Cardiff City: LWDLW
Maidstone Road Sports Ground
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