Our man Phil has something to celebrate in his other role

SUNDAY saw a big game in the FA Women’s Premier League Reserve League, as third placed Stoke City Ladies reserves faced second placed West Bromwich Albion Ladies Reserves at Community Drive, Smallthorne. 

Stoke managed to gain the vital three points through goals from Sophie Taylor and Courtney Jones, earning The Lady Potters a 2-1 victory. The win meant that Stoke leap-frogged West Brom into second place, and also have a game in hand over The Lady Baggies.

Stoke City Ladies reserves team manager and LASAR sport show presenter Phil Bruce was delighted with the result and the performance, particularly in the first half.

He said “It always feels that bit more special when you pick up wins against those that are placed up there with you in the league, and although we ended up holding on for the win with a strong second half from West Brom.

I felt that, on the reflection of the match overall, we deserved the victory and we could have scored a few more goals if we have taken all of our opportunities. If we can replicate the first half performance in particular in each match, as well as keep on improving things each week, then we are in for an exciting remainder of the season”

Stoke City Ladies first team, managed by Steve Swanwick, had no fixture on Sunday and have got another week off from league action this week.

Their next match is in the semi-finals of the Staffordshire Women’s Challenge Cup on Sunday, February 19, where they face Stoke City Ladies reserves.

Stoke City Ladies reserves are in league action again this Sunday, when they face Coventry United Ladies rserves at Community Drive, Smallthorne (2pm).