Match Preview – FGR vs AFC St Austell Ladies (2pm – 20/02/22)

FGR finally return to Chalford for their first home fixture since their 3-1 against Royal Wootton Basset on 16 January. They face a stern test against visiting AFC St Austell Ladies.

Last Time Out For FGR

FGRs visit to Marine Academy Plymouth Ladies was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, meaning they haven’t played since their narrow 1-0 away defeat to Torquay.

The Opposition

AFC St Austell Ladies are one of two teams who remain unbeaten in the league. They currently sit 4th but that is largely due to having played fewer games, as they boast an impressive 7 wins and 2 draws in the league.

AFC St Austell have games in hand largely due to strong cup runs. The Lillywhites reached the 2nd round proper of the FA Cup where they lost 4-2 to Plymouth Argyle, who play in The FA Women’s National League which is the third tier of women’s football. It was a game which deservedly earned AFC St Austell plaudits from Plymouth.

The Cornish side play in white shirts and black shorts and are one of the favourites for the title this season. In their last fixture they beat Sherborne 2-1 to maintain their unbeaten record.

Ones To Watch

AFC St Austell number 9 Charlotte Whitmore has 19 goals so far this season and will look to keep FGRs defence busy. Lucy Solloway will also be a threat going forward, having already recorded 11 goals from her 12 appearances.

Goalkeeper Maisie Frickleton will also be hoping to maintain AFC St Austell’s record as having the joint fewest goals conceded in the league – with goal difference potentially playing a role at the end of the season in the race for promotion.

Last Meeting Between The Two Sides

FGR lost 6-1 to AFC St Austell last time the two sides met. It was however FGRs first game of the season having stepped up into a higher division. On that day Charlie Rowlands scored FGRs only goal and she will be keen to continue her strong record in front of goal. FGR will also hope that their continued improvement throughout the season will see a different result this time around.

Did you know?

AFC St Austell Ladies only formed in time for the 19/20 season and have made quick progress up to the 5th tier of women’s football and the side who play at Poltair Park are already pushing for promotion again.

Looking Further Ahead

FGR play another home fixture on 27/02 with the visit of Bishops Lydeard Ladies. FGR then travel for the reverse fixture a week later.