Cat Women: Sunderland expecting tough away day at Arsenal

Rachael Laws
Rachael Laws
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Writing this column is making me realise how many different opportunities I get in my working week to do interesting and fun things.

Being a full-time footballer is a dream job for me so everything else that I get to do on top of that is just an added bonus.

Last week, for example, Sunderland Ladies’ commercial partner, The Bridges shopping centre, invited me, Hayley Sharp and Tori Williams to a makeover and photo shoot.

The shoot was a lot of fun. You can have a look at some of the behind the scenes pictures of the day on the Sunderland Ladies Facebook page at

On Saturday night we were back to business on the football pitch for our second home game of the season against Bristol Academy Women. It was a tough match but we came back from a goal down to win 2-1 and take all three points.

One of the things we pride ourselves on as a team is our team spirit and I had no doubt in my mind that we would get back into the game.

We have a long way to go this season but we are all pleased to have made such a good start.

After the excitement of Saturday night I spent Sunday and Monday at St George’s Park at a goalkeeping conference. There were lots of goalkeepers from abroad there to attend two days of workshops. I was asked to do a session with England women’s goalkeeper coach Lee Kendall on preparing an international goalkeeper.

It was another totally different experience for me. I don’t normally have that many people watching me train! But again it was something different and another opportunity I was grateful to have.

We travel to face Arsenal Ladies on Sunday. It will be a tough game against one of the best teams in the country.

We will be looking for another good performance and it goes without saying that we will be working hard all week to give ourselves the best chance of that.