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Southampton FC and Wolverhampton Wanderers go head to head in the Women’s National League play-off on Saturday, in a winner-takes-it-all confrontation

After winning their respective leagues at a canter, both Southampton and Wolves now have their sights set firmly on the FA Women’s Championship Division next season. Predicting a winner is difficult and defeat will be a very difficult pill to swallow for the losing side in this ‘battle of the Hamptons’.

Having been fortunate enough to report on the Saints’ south-coast derby match last month, against fierce rivals Portsmouth, I can offer some first-hand analysis of what I saw. On the positive side, I was particularly impressed with their technical ability in midfield, quality down the flanks, and their passing through midfield. However, in a 2-0 victory, where the Saints should have really cashed-in on their first half domination, Portsmouth very nearly got themselves back into the game as Southampton dropped ever deeper.

‘De-pressing’ away day for lacklustre Saints

A 4-0 thumping at the hands of Aston Villa on Saturday brought to an end Southampton’s impressive recent run in the Premier League. More importantly perhaps, Villa’s tactical approach could symbolise a significant and pragmatic approach to overcoming the high press favoured by Leeds, Southampton, Manchester City and Liverpool. “…as unbalanced as Laurel and Hardy on a playground seesaw” Paul… Read More »‘De-pressing’ away day for lacklustre Saints