MATCH PREVIEW – Bedworth United Ladies vs The New Saints

The FA Womens’ National League returns to the OVAL this Sunday as Bedworth United host The New Saints.


After last weekend’s trip to Solihull was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, Paddy Richard’s team will be eager to get back on the pitch, with the incredible 4-4 draw at Birmingham & West Midlands still fresh in the mind of players and fans alike. TNS on the other hand will seek to return to winning ways a week after joining the long list of teams swept aside by runaway leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. The point gained at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground extended Bedworth’s advantage over New Saints to three points, although the Greenbacks have played a game more than the Greens, as the battle for the runners up spot intensifies.


Let’s take a closer look at Sunday’s opposition, The New Saints. The club is officially known as The New Saints of Oswestry Town & Llansantffraid Football Club, following the merger of Oswestry Town and Llansantffraid FC in 2003. Although one of the teams represented by TNS was based in England, their men’s team play in the Welsh Cymru league. The club call Park Hall home, which can be found in the English border town of Oswestry. The venue can hold over 2,000 supporters, half of which can be seated. The Ladies team have been members of the FA Womens’ National League (formerly Premier League) Midlands Division One since 2016, managing a personal best of 5th place in the 2017/18 campaign. They currently boast a record of 7 wins, 3 draws and 3 defeats from their 13 league encounters this term, including a 4-2 victory at home to Bedworth in September. Katie Dolster was the star of the show that day, bagging a brace, with Kimberley Bebbington and Laura Morris rounding off the scoring for the home team. Milly Miller and Kirsty Farnsworth both found the net for the Greenbacks. Doster and Bebbington are two players to keep a close eye on, they currently lead the scoring charts for the Greens, scoring 32 goals in league and cup between them so far this season.


Greenbacks manager Paddy Richards has confirmed the return of in form winger Jodie Hunter and resident shot stopper Chloe Quinn to the matchday squad, while Misty McKinde, Leona McCook and Toni Kingscott will be rested. While we had hoped to hand a debut to our as yet unannounced new signing, the signing of our next Greenback has been delayed due to a previous registration, leaving the player ineligible to play on Sunday. When asked about the upcoming clash with TNS, Paddy had this to say: “We’re expecting another tough challenge this Sunday against TNS. They are a side that looks to get on the front foot early doors and play very direct into the wings.“


Join us for the action at The OVAL, on Sunday 1st March 2020 (2PM K.O). Tickers are just £3 for adults, Under 16’s come in for FREE! If you can’t make it to the ground, you don’t have to miss out. Liam Cook, our club broadcaster, will have live commentary from 1.55pm on YouTube (link to the stream can be found below this article), with video highlights to follow on Monday afternoon. Make sure to subscribe to our Ladies YouTube Channel for more exclusive content from the Greenback Girls.


See you Sunday!