West Ham United Ladies’ push for promotion out of the FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division has stuttered in recent weeks.
The most frustrating afternoon in the last few weeks came on April 7 when they were held to a 1-1 draw at home to relegationthreatened Queens Park Rangers. Bottom-club Rangers hit the front after just nine minutes, when Sophie Fogarty collected Elly Magg’s cross, before finishing emphatically. It was a lead they would cling on to until the latter stages of the contest, as the visitors went in search of a second away win in succession.
However, parity was restored with 78 minutes on the clock, courtesy of midfielder Lindsey Morgan’s sixth goal of the campaign. Sadly a winner was not forthcoming and as the final whistle echoed around the ground, West Ham’s winless sequence in the league stood at four, which included a defeat against Reading. Ironically, the point lifted the Hammers into third but saw them lose further ground at the top. With frontrunners Millwall Lionesses and second-placed Reading both winning, both have built a considerable points total clear of West Ham with only a few games remaining.
On Sunday, the Hammers travel to Colchester, who are sitting comfortably mid-table, in their next FA Women’s Premier League Southern Division fixture. The last time the sides squared up in the league they drew 1-1. This clash came shortly after ‘Col U’ dumped the Ladies out on the County Cup on February 17, beating them 1-0 in the semi-final. The Ladies next home game is against Yeovil Town on April 28. It’s a 2pm kick off at Thurrock FC.
In other West Ham Ladies news, the first trial for the Ladies’ Academy on April 10 was a huge success but there are still plenty of spaces left to be snapped up. Any current year 11 females interested in combining a college education with the professional football training lifestyle should register for trials on www.sclonline.co.uk. The second trial will be taking place on Wednesday May 29 from 3 to 5 pm and will be held at the West Ham Community Trust, Beckton.