Villa head to Farnborough FC in WSL
Royals welcome Aston Villa for 1st meeting of 2015
Captain Sherry McCue insists promotion is still on Aston Villa’s agenda as they prepare to take on WSL 2 big-hitters Reading on Saturday.
Villa suffered their first defeat in five FA Women’s Super League with BT Sport games last weekend and head to Farnborough trailing second-placed Reading by nine points.
But with both games against WSL 2 leaders Doncaster Rovers Belles already played, McCue believes there are enough points available to make a top-two finish possible.
“We all know what we need to do at the weekend, which is to get the three points and still be in with a chance of promotion,” said the England Under-23 international.
“Our aim at the start of the season was to get off to a good start, which we haven’t been doing for the last couple of years – and we didn’t again.
“But we have still got a couple of top teams to play against. We don’t feel that gap has become too big and we are all still believing.
“Great credit to Reading, they are obviously a good team and they can play without (Fran) Kirby. We will just take them as it comes, play as a team and see what happens.”
Though Reading were narrowly beaten 3-2 by WSL 1 leaders Chelsea in their midweek Continental Tyres Cup clash, they have won five WSL 2 matches in a row, either side of the international break.
However, they met Villa when on a similar run of form last season and fell to a 3-0 defeat. And Royals striker Helen Ward admits they cannot afford any similar slip-ups if they are to achieve their goal of promotion to the top-flight.
“They have been going really and they were a bit of a bogey side for us last year so we know it will not be easy,” said the former Chelsea and Arsenal poacher.
“We will approach it the same way we have done every game and it’s up to us to make sure that we are not complacent.
“There are only eight league games left so we cannot afford to slip up and let teams like Everton, Aston Villa and Yeovil to catch up.
“The great thing is that it is in our hands, with Doncaster to play again, but we don’t want to let the other teams back in.”
By Road: Traffic is often heavy around Adams Park on matchdays so drivers are advised to allow plenty of time. Adams Park is signposted from the M40 with brown football / stadium signs.
Leave the M40 at Junction 4 and take the A4010 (John Hall Way, signposted Aylesbury). Cross over three small roundabouts into New Road continuing down the hill to two mini roundabouts at the bottom. Turn sharp left at the first into Lane End Road and continue to the next mini roundabout at which turn right into Hillbottom Road. Adams Park is situated at the very end of the road. By Bus: Arriva operate bus services to & from Adams Park area, please visit Arriva website for more information. https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/?gclid=CjwKEAiAkb-zBRC... By Rail: The nearest railway station is High Wycombe, which is approximately 2.5 miles from the stadium. Chiltern Railways operate services to High Wycombe from Birmingham Snow Hill to London Marylebone, Aylesbury and Banbury. Visit the Chiltern Railways website for timetables and further information.
General Parking: There are parking facilities at the ground and access before and after the game is often busy. Upper tier parking in official club car park at £2*. Street parking is also available in the vicinity of the ground, however, supporters are warned that traffic wardens patrol the area regularly and we would ask you to park sensibly, respecting our neighbours in the Sands area.
*please note that the capacity of the upper car park may be reduced in adverse weather conditions.