Earning a point is always a tough ask. And given how some title races go down to the wire, walking away with the spoils is always a good thing.
Unfortunately, Liverpool FC Women and title races are not exactly two things that are commonly bandied about. Especially given that the Reds are planted near the bottom of the table.
But points are also important for those hoping to change their circumstances. And taking a point from the teams closest to you in the table are only going to help in the campaign for advancement upwards.
To that end, this Liverpool squad had to look at their match against Bristol City FC Women with a bit of hope and focus. Take any result out of this and they would likely inch a bit closer to catching BCFC in the next spot up the table and move away from being clear at the bottom. It would also have to be a great salve to finally see their hard work rewarded with at least a point.
The match itself looked to be a bit of a continuation in the hard luck trajectory of the Reds, as Bristol City got on the board first despite Liverpool looking the better team on the run of play. The possibility of adding another match with no points to show must have flashed across the minds of Reds in that instant.
Thankfully, it looks like being Mentality Monsters is a club-wide initiative and our Reds buckled down. They were rewarded for the hard work and determination as a penalty was won by Rinsola Babajide a mere minute after being brought on as a substitute. England international Melissa Lawley stepped up and leveled the score.
That line would hold and now Liverpool FC Women are no longer tied for bottom of the table with a point separating them and Birmingham City Women, though BCW have a match in hand. It also means they’re a point closer to being level with Bristol City for the next spot on the table.
It’s a long way to go and we’re also aware of just how much more work needs to be done to ensure that Liverpool FC Women remain competitive in the league. But this is unequivocally a good moment for the Reds. Here’s hoping they can use it as a spec to kick on from on the way to more positive results and a steady climb up the table.