Leicester Mercury

City’s Women poised to clinch promotion to Super League

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LEICESTER City Women are preparing for a moment “seven years in the making” with promotion on the line tomorrow (2pm kick-off).

After an incredible 11 wins in a row, City Women are just 90 minutes from fulfilling their dream of reaching the Women’s Super League, with a victory over London City Lionesses securing the title and a spot in the top flight.

In 2014, when manager Jonathan Morgan took over, the club were in the fourth tier. Now a place among the elite is within sight.

Standing in their way are the last, and only, team that have beaten them in the Women’s Championsh­ip this season.

“This is the most important game,” Morgan said ahead of the clash at Farley Way Stadium. “This has been seven years in the making to get to the pinnacle, the WSL. I’m excited, but a bit nervous.

“Hopefully the importance (of the game) has made us prepare well and to keep ourselves switched on.

“The mentality has been right in training so we can just go out there and do the job, not just for ourselves, but the fans and the people of Leicester.”

Goalkeeper Kirstie Levell, who is looking to record a fifth straight clean sheet in her personal bid for the Golden Glove, said: “Everyone’s spirits are high and we’ve got to look at it like any other game.

“Going into this season we knew what we wanted to achieve and each game we’ve said it’s the biggest game and we’re going to get that talk going again, and try and match our previous games.”

City manager Brendan Rodgers said: “Of course we wish them the very best. They’ve been great, and hopefully they can reach the objective they would have set out at the beginning of the season.”

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