Everton Ladies play Yeovil Town at home on Sunday in what should have been a relegation battle, except that the Glovers have already acknowledged that they will be going down to the Championship league due to financial issues. On Thursday, the FA announced that Yeovil Town was deducted 10 points due to sanctions for not being able to commit to financial stipulations required for first tier status.
The Glovers issued a statement accepting the decision of the FA and recognize that they will not be in the first tier of women’s football next season:
“The club is now looking forward to establishing itself in the Championship next season and once again building its future on and off the field. More news on those plans will be released in due course.”
Regardless of their financial difficulties, Yeovil Town is promising to finish the season on a high note on the pitch and aren’t going to back down from challenging Everton on Sunday:
Down but not out.— Yeovil Town Ladies FC (@YeovilLadiesFC) March 29, 2019
Don't give up on us, we want to finish this season strongly - starting with @EvertonLadies away this Sunday.
Book tickets for our remaining home games here: https://t.co/ZXrj4WBPwR
Thank you to all our fans for your continued support. #YTLFC pic.twitter.com/2KKzaRiiKs
Yeovil Town hasn’t forgotten that they won their last fixture against the Blues, their only win in the WSL ever, prompting the departure of longtime manager Andy Spence:
Simone Magill told Everton.com:
“It’s a massive game and we’ll go into it with the right mindset – the same way we would approach a game against Man City or Chelsea.”
At this point, Everton is playing for pride. They have to prove that they are better than Yeovil Town and that their loss to them was a fluke. If this doesn’t end in a decisive win, Willie Kirk is going to have to take a long hard look at this squad. It was an embarrassment for Everton to lose against Yeovil Town once and it would be absolutely unacceptable to lose to them a second time.
Everton is in 10th place while Yeovil Town is in 11th. Before the 10 points were deducted, Everton had a 5 point lead over Yeovil Town but now their lead has been extended to 15 points and they are safely above the relegation zone.
Three Everton defenders have been chosen for the England U-23s squad for their La Manga Tournament in France (3pm, Friday 5 April), Norway (3pm, Sunday 7 April) and Sweden (12pm, Tuesday 9 April). No official word on whether or not this will affect the lineup on Sunday.
Sunday 31 March, 3pm
To our knowledge, The match will not be televised or streamed (instead the WSL is streaming the Liverpool vs Man City match and BBC Red Button will televise the Arsenal vs Birmingham match). If there are any updates, we will keep you posted!
Everton Ladies need the fan’s support this Sunday!
Come on you Blues!