FGR return to action on Sunday 27 February with a home fixture against Bishops Lydeard. Due to rearranged fixtures this is the first of a double header with the two sides meeting again next week when FGR make the trip down the M5 to Somerset.

Last Time Out For FGR

Due to weather affecting FGRs fixtures they haven’t played since 06 February when they fell to a narrow defeat to Torquay, with highly rated Esme Kilburn-Thompson scoring the only goal of the game. You can read FGR’s match report, including manager Tom Needham’s thoughts on the FGR website here.

Our Opponents – Bishops Lydeard

Bishops Lydeard are managed by Julie Bowker who has been in the hot seat since the club first launched a women’s team in 2001.

The Somerset side play in red and black stripes with a purple away strip and currently sit 7th in the league table – one place and 6 points behind FGR, although they do have a game in hand. With the two sides next to each other in the table, it will provide both teams with a good challenge and an opportunity to take points from the other over the two fixtures.

Bishops Lydeard have turned out some impressive performances and results over their last 6 games: winning twice against Bideford and drawing with Middlezoy and high-flying Torquay. Even in defeat they managed to impress as they were beaten 1-0 by Sherborne Town and 2-0 to unbeaten Ilminster.

Ones to watch

Caitlin Berry is the clubs top scorer with 9 goals from 13 appearances this season. Holly Miller will also look to test FGR going forward having scored 6 goals this term. Both players scored in Lydeard’s most recent fixture, a 2-2 draw with Middlezoy.

Did you know?

Bishops Lydeard now boast 3 women’s sides and are known for their inclusivity and welcoming players across a range of abilities. Bishops Lydeard achieved FA Community Charter Status in 2002 and in 2009 they redeveloped their facilities, which were opened by the then England U21 manager Stuart Pearce.

Looking Further Ahead

Sunday’s encounter is the first of 5 remaining league fixtures for FGR. After that your remaining opportunities to watch the women’s side are;

vs Bishops Lydeard (away) 06/03/22

vs Marine Academy Plymouth (away) 20/03/22

vs Ilminster Town (home) 03/04/22

vs AFC St Austell (home) 01/05/22