Canada’s Win Built on Robust Organisation and England Errors

England gift-wrapped victory for Canada with sloppy defensive mistakes at either end of this match at the Bet365 Stadium, Stoke.  Évelyne Viens picked Demi Stokes’ pocket in the third minute to fire the Canadians in front. Four minutes from full time, substitute Nichelle Prince pounced on a poor first touch from keeper Karen Bardlsey and stabbed the ball home virtually on the goal line...

Wasteful Lionesses Lose to ‘France B’

DESPITE registering eighteen shots on goal, England were roundly beaten by France at the Stade Michel d'Ornano in Caen. Sandy Baltimore gave the hosts a 32nd minute lead and second half substitute Viviane Asseyi doubled their advantage with a 63rd minute penalty after Rachel Daly brought down Elisa de Almeida. Fran Kirby reduced the arrears from the penalty spot with eleven minutes left. France got their crucial third goal three minutes later when Kadidatou Diani set up Marie-Antoinette Katoto to convert from close range...

Lionesses: Back in White

England v Northern Ireland: It’s been a while since we last got to see the Lionesses in something resembling a competitive fixture. England ran out comfortable 6-0 winners against a country ranked 43 places lower than them. Ellen White bagged a hat-trick, Jill Scott made her 150th international appearance and substitute Ella Toone converted a second half penalty on her senior debut with England barely moving out of third gear...

2020 Hind Sight

You'd be forgiven for thinking that women’s football has had a pretty bad time of it this year - what with the COVID-19 enforced abandonment last season across Europe and Africa; nulling and voiding all FAWNL records; fans prohibited from entering stadia (just as more fans were starting to show up); a second lock down, etc., etc... But there were still some golden nuggets in a year we'll all be glad to see the back of. Here are twelve things D2B will remember about 2020…

Rebooting the Lionesses – FIFA WWC 2015…

THERE WAS a time when a third / fourth playoff at the World Cup wasn’t a “nonsense match” – in England at least. Just five years ago in fact, when the Lionesses won their Bronze medal in Canada. It remains the best World Cup performance by a senior England team since 1966 and represented a symbolic reboot for women's football triggering exponential growth in coverage, investment and uptake at grass roots levels across the country...

FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group D

The FIFA Women’s World Cup begins on the 7th June 2019 with 24 teams contesting six groups to reach the round of 16 knock out stage. Let’s examine Group D which features Argentina, former winners Japan, debutants Scotland and my home country, England. Argentina Current FIFA Ranking: 37 3/8 qualifications Best placing – Group stages … Continue reading FIFA Women’s World Cup – Group D