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2 hours ago, Hamdon Mart said:

Saw you today, Shahan, that is if you have your name on the back of your shirt!! (I think). I was in the press box to the left of the tunnel as you come out....

Was concerned when City went one down but fair play, they didn't fold. Abi's goal was a peach and caught everyone out. Pen was a pen for me and three points in the bag should give them confidence ahead of next week. 

Yep, I was wearing my 2017/18 shirt, which has "MIAH 89" on the back. Hopefully you can say hi next time!

And yep, big game next week, against Liverpool who have some familiar faces...

36 minutes ago, Davefevs said:


Great video!

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First time up the new gaffe.

The HPC is a good place for the girls now, great surface - better than Twerton in many respects. However, one thing that strikes me is that the stand faces south - hence everyone there was doing the 'Dolman Salute'. Come winter the sun will be right in the line of sight. Small things, I know.

The game was not too bad considering that City are largely a completely new squad. Only a handful of players stayed on after relegation. We also have a new coaching set-up, as well as changes in the boardroom. Hence, it will be wrong to criticise heavilly a club that is essentially starting afresh. There were a number of good point s that will be the foundation of the season. The formation and roles seem fair, the fitness showed at the end noticeably and there was plenty of desire. Coming back from a goal down wasn't a gimme against Lewes.

Inevitably there were several mis-cues and a few players drifted out for a while. But overall it was a performance that was rewarded with the win (and who doesn't like a big W?). I was happy with Murray at centre-half: she shut down a lot of probing attacks. Abi Harrison was a real handful up front and caused the Lewes defence problems all game, and she'll be City's spearhead this season.

Overall impressions: a decent outfit - not a cert for promotion, but no fear of relelgation either this time round. Unexpectedly large crowd of 500 odd - considering it was a new stadium and some won't feel inclined, and the England game was on. Hopefully it will be a happy home for the future.

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Great post @Erithacus. Good point in regards to the stand facing south. I don't know if the club ever had an intention of any team playing games there long term. I was standing in the shade but I'll be prepared for future games!

England game kicked off at 5pm, but I forgot it was on as I went back to record the latest episode of Vixencast podcast (details in other thread).

Glad that City didn't settle for a draw!

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Flo Allen, who limped off the game last week has sadly confirmed on her Instagram that she is now injured

"Football and life is a rollercoaster of emotions and unfortunately in the game last Sunday I tore my calf muscle. Having only just made a full recovery after testing positive for coronavirus last month I’ve now picked up an injury just as the season has started. This has not been how I wanted to start the season, but sometimes these things happen.

On a positive note it was so nice to play our first game at home last Sunday in front of such a passionate home crowd, you really made a difference. I can’t wait to get back out on that pitch once I return to full fitness… again!"


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Decent, entertaining game, with both teams going down to 10 players due to red cards. Happy to settle with a point. My throat is sore after us away fans were singing throughout most of the game! On the drive back down from Birkenhead.

City now 7th heading into international break.


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"City Women’s Head Coach Lauren Smith will be the guest and co-commentator for the midweek fixture, offering an insight into the women’s squad and their performances ahead of their clash with Durham at the Robins High Performance Centre on Sunday, September 26th (12pm)"

I'd love to hear what she says, but I'm actually attending the game at Ashton Gate! 😁

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Conti Cup group fixture details have now been confirmed.

Reading v Bristol City
Wed 13 Oct 2021, 7:30pm
Select Car Leasing Stadium

Bristol City v Lewes
Wed 17 Nov 2021, 7:30pm
Robins High Performance Centre

Crystal Palace v Bristol City
Wed 15 Dec 2021, 7:30pm
Bromley FC

Will be really surprised if the team make it to the final for the second season in a row!

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