Sunderland Ladies boss hopes for another bumper crowd

Carlton Fairweather.
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Head coach Carlton Fairweather is hoping for another bumper crowd when Sunderland take on Women’s Super League 1 title favourites Chelsea tomorrow at Hetton (kick-off 6.30pm).

Sunderland were one of the WSL1 clubs who benefited from the post-World Cup euphoria last weekend.

A crowd of 955 were at the Eppleton CW ground last Sunday and were sent home happy after a stunning injury-time winner from Beth Mead after some great play from supersub Abbey Joice.

The attendance was 120 per cent up on the previous home game and while some people may have other plans on a Saturday evening, Fairweather hopes last week’s support turns out with some new fans taking a look at women’s football.

Sunderland’s dramatic win over County took them to third and they are above some of the game’s leading sides, like Liverpool and Man City.

“We want as many fans to come back as possible,” Fairweather told the Echo.

“The fans have been great so far this season – very receptive to the girls and the way they have played.

“Hopefully we’ll have another decent crowd to get behind the girls.

“There are going to be some decent players on show so may be for people who’ve not been before it will be good to come along and see the England players.”

Mead’s goal, just seconds after new keeper Hilde Olsen’s match-saving block from Ellen White, keeps Sunderland’s brilliant season going.

“We created enough chances to get something out of the game but to get three points was great for the girls,” said Fairweather.

The head coach will continue with Olsen in goal with Rachael Laws still on her way back to fitness, with defender Hayley Sharp to miss it out with a knee problem.