Midlands derby this evening at Community Drive...
STOKE CITY Ladies host Nottingham Forest this evening looking to continue their impressive run of form.
After kicking off their campaign with two straight defeats, City have now gone three matches unbeaten and were just 20 seconds away from victory in Sunday’s match at Guiseley Vixens.
The Vixens’ 97th minute equaliser in a pulsating 3-3 draw was harsh on a Potters side who dominated in Yorkshire.
Ashleigh Hayes grabbed a brace at Guiseley whilst Hannah Keryakoplis was once again on the scoresheet - netting her sixth goal in five matches with an excellent header.
And a run of form that has seen them fire 11 goals in just three games leaves the Potters in good heart for their first evening fixture of the campaign.
Forest arrive having made an unbeaten start though, drawing 2-2 at Leicester City at the weekend, and are sure to provide a stern test for Steve Swanwick’s side.
Last season’s corresponding fixture was held at the bet365 Stadium, with Meg Bowyer’s thunderbolt securing a point for City who would ultimately finish comfortably above Forest in the table.
But the visitors have made wholesale changes in the summer, making them a stronger unit which sets up the tie at Community Drive perfectly for a ding-dong encounter.
Meanwhile, both the reserve and development teams continued their impressive 100% records at the start of the season with victories over West Bromwich Albion (6-0) and Ellesmere Rangers (17-0) respectively on Sunday.
Entry for the match at Community Drive, Norton, is free of charge for season card holders. Kick-off is at 7.45pm.