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London City Lionesses Vs Bristol City: Match Preview

This Sunday sees the Lionesses back in action as they prepare to take on promotion rivals Bristol City, at Princes Park.

Bristol City

Bristol City come into Sunday’s game as a side full of confidence, following two wins out of two in August.

A 1-0 win over Coventry on the opening day was followed by a 2-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers, which meant the west country side ended the month in second place, level on points with Crystal Palace.

It was a summer of change for Bristol, with a new number of new additions on the pitch, however perhaps the most significant arrival came in the coaching department, with former England and Arsenal defender, Anita Asante, joining the coaching staff.

On the pitch though there were several notable new faces through the door, with Irish international defender Chole Mustaki signing on, along with both Shania Hayles and Emily Syme joining from Aston Villa, each of whom got on the score sheet in their game against Blackburn.

Yet the threat from the visitors will undoubtedly also come from their number 7, and last season's Championship top scorer, Abi Harrison.

The Scottish international will be looking to get off the mark this season, and proved to be a thorn in the side of the Lionesses defence last season, when she netted her sides only goal in the 1-3 defeat back in April.

London City Lionesses

The Lionesses will be heading into Sunday’s game in good spirits, following last games 3-4 win over Charlton Athletic.

Seven goals, and four different goal scorers for the Lionesses was enough to bring them all three points on the day.

However the victory came at a cost, with Charlotte Fleming suffering an ACL rupture just before full time.

One of those players who got on the scoresheet was Lily Agg, who’s goal, the Lionesses fourth of the day, proved to be the difference.

Indeed her scoring form continued into the international break, as she got the deciding goal in Ireland's 1-0 win over Finland.

Speaking on that moment, Agg remarked:

“Finland were great opponent, and it was a very fast paced game, with just an incredible atmosphere.

“When I came on I was just very nervous and said to myself to try and keep it simple and work hard and like say for me it was all very surreal.

“And then when the header came, I just couldn’t believe I was free, but it felt like the ball was in the air for ages, but luckily for me it ended up in the back of the net.”

But of course, Lily wasn’t alone in joining up with the Irish squad last week, with Hayley Nolan also receiving her call-up.

“It was great having Hayley, we really support each other on this trip,” said Agg, “We spoke about it a lot and spent so much time together.

“It was really lovely for both of us outside of London City to spend some time together, and I think we grew a lot closer, and it was just great to have her there with me, and hopefully we can now come back to London City even closer.”

Next up for Agg and the rest of the Lionesses is Sunday's clash against Bristol.

“We're all looking forward to it,” said Agg, “from what I've heard everyone’s been working really hard and they’re excited for the game.

“We've had a good start to the season, and we’ve looked sharp, but so have Bristol, so it’s going to be a very tight game but we're confident that we can compete and get all three points.”

Head Coach, Melissa Phillips

Speaking ahead of the game on Sunday, Melissa Phillips had this to say:

"We know that Bristol will be a formidable opposition as we played in two tightly contested matches at the top of the table last season.

“They’ve had a very good start to the season and are always a threat in possession.

“We have an incredibly tough run of games to start the season and we know the performance will require us to be physically and mentally robust."

And remember LCL fans, tickets are still on sale for Sunday’s game! Click the link to get yours now!



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