Sunderland Ladies await Kyril Louis-Dreyfus news, former defender terminates contract with Scottish outfit, combined league table shows Cats' dominance

Sunderland Ladies are set to return to action in the FA Cup.

Sunday, 28th March 2021, 6:52 pm

The Lady Black Cats face Sheffield FC Women on April 4

The second-round clash was supposed to be played at the Stadium of Light on January 3.

But government restrictions saw the fixture postponed. It will now be played behind closed doors at the Academy of Light.

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Sunderland Ladies manager Mel Reay - Photo courtesy of Chris Fryatt.

Here, though, we take you through all of the latest Sunderland Ladies news that you may have missed:

Former Sunderland defender departs Hibernian Women

Ex-Sunderland Ladies favourite Charlotte Potts has left Hibernian Women without a new club lined up.

The centre-back sealed a move to the Scottish Premier League outfit on an 18-month contract last July but has returned to the North East.

"It is sad and unfortunate it has come to this,” Potts said on Twitter. “But in life, the most selfless thing to do is to be selfish, otherwise we fail to support and uplift others as well as ourselves.

“Thank you to all who have supported me during my time in Edinburgh.”

Hibernian’s social media accounts added: “The club and @charlottee23 have mutually agreed to terminate the player's contract with immediate effect.

“We would like to thank Charlotte for all her efforts during her time at #HibernianWomen.”

Sunderland Ladies skipper opens up about return to action

Sunderland Ladies captain Keria Ramshaw has opened up about returning to action in the FA Cup against Sheffield FC.

The match comes after the FA announced the curtailment of the Women's National League earlier, which has been declared null and void for the second season in a row.

Speaking to safc.com, captain Keira Ramshaw said: “Words can't describe how excited and happy I am to return to football.

“It's been a long time without it, and we have missed it so much.

“I can't wait for us all to be back together again in person, concentrating on our upcoming games and enjoying the normality of playing football and being together again.”

Sunderland Ladies await news of Kyril Louis-Dreyfus decision

Sunderland fans are waiting for news of how new owner Kyril Louis-Dreyfus will take the Ladies team forward.

The 23-year-old billionaire met with fan groups recently with much on the agenda – including the owner’s plans for Mel Reay’s side.

The minutes between Sunderland and fan groups are expected to be made public in the near future.

Combined FA Women’s National League North table makes for interesting reading

Sunderland Ladies saw their 2019-20 season declared null and void with the Lady Black Cats top of the league and vying for promotion.

Fast forward to this campaign and the same decision has been made – with the North East club again in a decent position.

Indeed, the FAWNL has stated that there will be no promotion and relegation this campaign.

That means Reay’s side look extremely unlikely to exit the tier this season – even though the combined FAWNL table across the two curtailed campaigns shows Sunderland Ladies have been the best side.

FAWNL 2019 to 2021 combined points totals (two seasons, both null and void):

(1st) Sunderland: 55

(2nd) Derby: 45

(3rd) Huddersfield: 43

(4th) Forest: 42

(5th) Stoke City: 36

(6th) West Brom: 33

(7th) Fylde: 32

(8th) Burnley: 32

(9th) Middlesbrough: 21

(10th) Loughborough Foxes: 15

(11th) Hull: 11

(12th) Sheffield FC: 5

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