While we were all bemoaning the men’s team’s failure to make themselves more comfortable in third place, the Liverpool Ladies were doing work against Birmingham City. The ladies traveled to St. Andrew’s Stadium in Birmingham City on Sunday and dismantled the hosts to end their unbeaten record, putting them four points clear on the top of the FA Women’s Super League Spring Series table.
The ladies went into it expecting a difficult match, and the first half ended goalless, despite the hosts hitting the woodwork on three separate occasions. Birmingham’s Ellie Brazil very nearly had a stunner from 20 yards out, had it not hit the woodwork in the 25th minute.
Jess Clarke, the latest signing from the recently folded Notts County, broke the deadlock just as the second half started, heading in a cross from Alex Greenwood to open her account with the Reds.
“I was over the moon to get my first goal for the club. It was a great cross by Alex and then a lovely feeling to see the ball hit the net. It was a difficult game though, as we knew it would be against a very good Birmingham team,” Clarke said, following the match. “The win keeps our great start to the season going and I’m delighted to have signed for the club after the disappointment of what happened at Notts County.
“I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone to sign for a new club, but Liverpool is a tremendous club and I’ll be aiming to help keep us at the top of the table.”
The Reds were not without their challenges, though, as Birmingham’s Ellen White nearly equalized, if not for the superb stopping power of ‘keeper Siobhan Chamberlain. Captain Gemma Bonner later made the victory finite in the 80th minute as she scored her third goal in four matches, thanks to another assist from Alex Greenwood.
The Lady Reds now sit top of the table, four points between them and Chelsea Ladies. The next match the Reds meet Sunderland AFC Ladies on Wednesday, 7pm BST/1pm EST, with the match live streaming on the Liverpool Ladies Facebook page.