After two months with one win and one defeat, the Arsenal Ladies finally got a win to kickstart their season with a 5-3 result away to Brighton in the Dev League Cup.
It was a tough game against the current league leaders, Brighton and Hove WFC, and Arsenal had the following starting XI:
Sian Rogers, Chiara Ritchie-Williams, Lucy Parker, Shannon Cooke, Anna Patten, Kalani Peart, Lotte-Wubben Moy, Laura Hooper, Taylor Hinds, Anna Filbey, Rianna Dean.
Subs used: Chloe Brunton-Wilde, Tinaya Alexander.
Unused sub Amelia Houghton-Boyle (GK).
The @ArsenalLadies development squad won 5-3 against Brighton in the League Cup!
⚽⚽ – Dean
⚽ – Wubben-Moy
⚽ – Hooper
⚽ – Hinds
— Arsenal Women (@ArsenalWFC) November 14, 2016
In the hat for the Quarter-finals of the League Development Cup we have Sunderland, Liverpool, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Reading, Oxford and Bristol.
Pending no injuries, the squad should be able to compete for the double this season again. But you have to wonder, how did the club end up with a 14-player squad only?
The Development League is an u20 League this season so only players born in 1997 and later are eligible, so there are three players in the first team squad who could help the team if needed (Williamson, Kelly and Devlin), but will they get asked to help out? I am not so sure.
In the League, the FA WSL Development League Southern Division, the girls are sitting in ninth place with 0 points and one game lost by walkover. League Leaders Brighton and Hove have 14 points in six, London Bees have 12 points in five and Chelsea have nine points in four.
The next league game is away to Watford next Sunday, the Hornets have four points from six games and it is a must win game to start climbing up the table.