Women's Preview: Saints vs MK Dons

By SFC Media time Fri 13 Aug Saints vs MK Dons
Photo by Isabelle Field | Alisha Ware

Southampton FC Women make their welcome debut in the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier on Sunday, as they host MK Dons Ladies at Snows Stadium.


Saints vs MK Dons
FA Women’s National League Southern Premier
Snows Stadium
Sunday 15th August, 2pm GMT

After a successful pre-season, Marieanne Spacey-Cale’s side are back in action this weekend as they make the step up to the FA Women’s National League Southern Premier.

Saints kicked off pre-season in style with an emphatic 18-1 victory over local rivals Southampton Women’s Reserves at Snows Stadium.

They then went on to claim another victory over Lewes FC before drawing 2-2 with London City Lionesses to conclude pre-season.

Marianne Spacey-Cale has made a number of important signings ahead of Saints’ new challenge, with Laura Rafferty, Leeta Rutherford and Ciara Watling all adding a wealth of experience to the side.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Ciara Watling(L) and Laura Rafferty(R) during Southampton women's pre season training session at Staplewood Training Ground on August 10, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
New signings Laura Rafferty and Ciara Watling in pre-season training 


Saints last faced Sunday’s opponents in the second round of the FA Women’s Cup back in December 2019.

The match finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Saints coming out victors after triumphing 3-2 on penalties.


“We’re aware of what we’re going into in terms of the Southern Premier and the teams we’re going to be up against," said Marieanne Spacey-Cale.

“We wanted to challenge them and see what they can do and see how far they can push themselves and each other.

“It’s been a long time coming playing competitive football again, especially competitive league football. I think there is a real excitement about getting started.

“There’s also an anticipation of what we’re going in to, and an excitement. Every game is going to be a challenge."

we've got to be ready for a long season, a challenging season and be ready for the kick off of it all on sunday,

marieanne spacey-cale
on saints' fa women's national league southern premier opener


Adults - £3
Concessions – Free

Tickets are available at the gates from 1pm (BST), with spectators asked to remain responsible and ensure they socially distance.

Parking is not available at Snows Stadium, but supporters are advised to use the nearby Calmore Industrial Park (approximately a three minute walk).


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