While the men’s team is away in Austria, the Leeds United Ladies are still going strong in England and have two friendlies scheduled for 2 pm on Sunday 16 July.
First, the senior team will be taking on Stoke City Ladies at Batley Sports and Tennis in Batley, West Yorkshire. Stoke City Ladies play in the FA Women’s Premier League Northern Division, and finished 4th last season with 30 points from 20 games, going 8-6-6. They were a full 24 points off the first place finish of the dominant Blackburn Ladies, who finished the season undefeated, going 17-3-0. Stoke City Ladies finished 10 points and five places better than LULFC’s first friendly opponent, Huddersfield Town Ladies.
The squad will split, however, as half of the team will travel to Hull to take on East Yorkshire Carnegie Ladies at Dunswell Park. East Yorkshire Carnegie recently merged with the Mill Lane Ladies team to form the East Yorkshire Carnegie Ladies team in addition to their men’s team that plays in the North Counties East Football League Division One, 10th in the English pyramid.
Leeds United Ladies will be hopeful that their friendlies today go a bit better than the loss at Huddersfield Town Ladies that the team endured during the week. The team is young and full of new players, and so while friendlies are nice, it’s more important that the team gel and begin to play together than the results on the pitch.
The split squad friendly will also give the coaches at LULFC a chance to see more players playing in an actual match against opponents, rather than seeing them in practice. The East Yorkshire Carnegie Ladies team will be gunning to take a result off of the Leeds Ladies, just as the team will be looking to grab a shock result against Stoke City Ladies.
If you haven’t traveled to Austria to catch the first team in action against Borussia Mönchengladbach or SD Eibar this week, consider going to see the women’s team in action at either Batley Sports and Tennis Centre or taking a short trip to Dunswell Park in Hull. They’d love your support!
Dunswell Park is still known as Dene Park to Google Maps, so if you need directions to the ground, input “Dene Park, Dunswell, East Yorkshire, HU6 0AA” into the mobile browser of your choice. If you need additional information, visit East Yorshire Carnegie’s website here.