Cat Women: Sunderland look to finish strongly against Birmingham before international break

Steph Bannon in action for Sunderland against Durham at New Ferens Park. Picture by FRANK REID.
Steph Bannon in action for Sunderland against Durham at New Ferens Park. Picture by FRANK REID.
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It feels like the season has just started but this Saturday sees our last home game before the mid-season break for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.

We take on Birmingham City on Saturday night at the Hetton Centre (kick off 6.30pm) as we look to finish on a high before the break. It will be another tough game against Birmingham, who have a good team including England international Karen Carney.

We love playing at home; mainly because of the great support we get from Sunderland fans! It would be great to have another big crowd cheering for us on Saturday night and hopefully another home win.

Last week we travelled to Notts County for a midweek game. We got off to a great start with Beth Mead giving us the lead after just four minutes, but then they equalised from a free kick and our luck turned.

They scored again and then our captain Steph Bannon was injured as she attempted to score during a goalmouth scramble. From there they scored two goals before the break and, although we were better in the second half and got a goal back, the game was already lost.

But we don’t have time to dwell on it as we need to get a good result against Birmingham on Saturday night and go into the World Cup break with as many points as possible.

As usual we will have lots going on for junior Black Cats fans, including the free SAFC Skills session and the Creation Station for kids aged 5-16 years of age. If you want to get involved email safcladies@safc.com

After playing midweek we had a free weekend so we spent last Saturday meeting fans at the Stadium of Light family zone before cheering the men.

Then on Sunday we were invited to start the Sunderland 10K and Half Marathon races at the Stadium of Light. The weather was horrific but it was still a lot of fun! Well done to everyone who took part, especially our physiotherapist Sophie Marr, who was third in the 10K!