Fairweather to send out Chelsea heroes for Bristol Academy v Sunderland Ladies

Sunderland Ladies in their pre-match Chelsea huddle. Picture: Joe Spence
Sunderland Ladies in their pre-match Chelsea huddle. Picture: Joe Spence
1
Have your say

Carlton Fairweather will almost certainly send out the same side which started last weekend’s rout of Chelsea when Sunderland visit Bristol tomorrow night (kick-off 6.30pm).

Fairweather rang the changes on Wednesday night at Durham in the Continental Cup to give his squad players outings.

Beth and Brooke both made a difference, you have two quality players that can add a different dimension to the team and the game

CARLTON FAIRWEATHER

He started with hat-trick hero Beth Mead, Brooke Chaplen, Kelly McDougall and Tori Williams on the bench in midweek, the first three of that trio coming on as second-half subs.

Centre-half Hayley Sharp is still recovering from a knee injury so Williams will again line-up alongside skipper Steph Bannon.

Vice-captain Rachael Laws made a welcome return to the squad on Wednesday after being absent for the wins over Notts County and Chelsea.

The keeper had her right knee heavily taped and is still short on fitness though is likely to feature in an up-coming Continental Cup tie.

Fairweather was frustrated by his side’s display at New Ferens Park but pleased the winning mentality shone through at the end.

And just as he did when bringing on Abbey Joice against Notts County, a second-half substitution proved the turning point, Mead giving the lady Black Cats some much-needed impetus, along with fellow sub, Brooke Chaplen.

“We really didn’t want to bring on Beth but, obviously, we had to,” said Fairweather.

“She and Brooke both made a difference, you have two quality players that can add a different dimension to the team and the game.

“Tomorrow is going to be a different type of match. Bristol played Aston Villa in their Continental Cup game on Tuesday and beat them 4-0 so that shows they can play well

“It’s going to be a different challenge to Wednesday.”