Rovers Ladies are in Continental League Cup action this weekend, away at Coventry United Ladies.
Here’s our guide to the game…
STATE OF PLAY
It will be Rovers’ first ever Continental Cup fixture. The Blues are in Group B alongside WSL side Liverpool, Aston Villa, Durham, Sheffield United and Sunday’s opponents, Coventry.
Each team plays each other once with the top two from each group progressing into the Quarter Finals of the competition.
Like Rovers, Coventry have made an indifferent start to their maiden Championship campaign.
They were seconds away from a point at home to Lewes on Sunday, before a last minute winner left them empty handed.
But they did pick up a point away at Crystal Palace, which leaves them in a respectable eighth position after three games.
Jay Bradford stepped down from her managerial role in the summer, moving upstairs to become the club’s General Manager.
Rovers beat Coventry on penalties in the Semi-Final of the National League Cup in 2017-18, on their way to winning the competition.
The most recent meeting between the two sides came in May’s Championship play off at Valley Parade. Rovers triumphed 3-0 to be crowned National League Champions.
Fran Stenson is unavailable, so Danielle Hill is expected to retain her place between the sticks.
Louise McDaniel will be pushing for her first start since joining the club, following a cameo appearance in last weekend’s defeat at home to Sheffield United.
But Dan Whitham and Lauren Thomas are both still injured. Whitham’s exclusion is due to concussion, while Thomas is recovering from her broken collarbone, so remains out.
Tickets are available to buy in advance of the fixture, via the Coventry United website. Adults are priced at £6, concessions at £4 and U16s are £1. Click here to buy now.
You can also buy tickets on the gate. Price increases apply for on the gate admission.