Preview: Middlesbrough (A), Sunday 13 January 2019
In a month of away matches, Sheffield FC Ladies make one of their longer journeys, taking the A1 north to Middlesbrough for this Sunday's FA Women's National League clash.
Middlesbrough have not played a league game since mid-November, their focus having been diverted to the various Cup competitions that take over at this time of year. They've won through to the latter stages of both the FA WNL Plate competition, but saw their SSE Women's Cup journey end last Sunday at the hands of Southern Premier division side Watford.
Out of all competitions except the Sheffield & Hallamshire Women's Challenge Cup, Sheffield picked up a much-needed point away at Guiseley last Sunday, having had a tough couple of months in the league.
Lisa Giampalma's goal cancelled out Guiseley's 56th minute opener, and although both teams had chance to increase their goal-tally, a draw was a fair result in a tight and competition game.
Sheffield last played Middlesbrough on just the second week-end of the season, with Middlesbrough taking away all three points from the Home of Football in a closely-contested match.
Sheffield held a 2-1 lead into the half-time break, but two early goals in the second half turned the game on its head with the hosts unable to find a way back into the game in spite of an excellent spell in the final ten minutes which forced two fine saves from 'Boro keeper Laura Wareham.
Sheffield FC defender, Rosa Neary, looks forward to the clash this week-end: "The team has worked hard for the past few weeks, and we put in an improved performance last Sunday against Guiseley, earning us a point away from home."
"There are still a lot of areas where we need to improve, of course, but the players have increased the intensity at training, and we're starting to move in the right direction."
"Everyone is looking forward to a tough battle against Middlesbrough on Sunday. We've nothing to lose, and have to throw everything into every match left now."
Sunday's match kicks off at 2pm, Billingham Town FC (TS23 4AF).