Why I'm pleased that Bristol is hosting the final
I WANT to start off this week by congratulating Bristol City on their Championship survival. It looked quite comfortable in the end, but it made for a nerve-wracking last few games, which both the players and fans really stepped up to in a big way.
I was able to get along to a few City games this season and was always impressed with the atmosphere and support from the home crowd. I hear the blue side of the city are equally noisy, which is why I'm delighted Bristol has been chosen to host this year's FA Women's Cup final.
The final is, without a doubt, the showpiece event for women's football in England and in the past we have seen more than 20,000 turn out to support it. I really hope the city of Bristol will get behind the game at Ashton Gate on Saturday, May 26, and show the rest of the country what passionate football support we have here in the South West.
A family ticket is just £10 and with a free pre-match party, live music and of course two of the best teams in the country, I'd really encourage you to go along and see what women's football has to offer as well as a fun day out for the family.
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Tomorrow, I'm back in league action with Bristol Academy, travelling up to Birmingham again, where we've got a lot to prove after they beat us in the FA Cup semi-final two weeks a go.
After a frustrating 1-0 defeat in the league last weekend at home to Lincoln, we know we have to become more ruthless in front of goal if we are to pick up three crucial points. The positive thing is we created chances in that game, so we know that with a bit more quality in the final third we can really punish teams.
As you will recall, the weather last weekend was shocking – but despite the wind and rain, we had a good turnout at the game. Having that vocal support makes such a big difference, so now the men's season is nearly over, if you're a regular at the Memorial or Ashton Gate we'd love to see you down at Stoke Gifford cheering us on.
Like many of you I'm sure, I watched the London Marathon last weekend and when you sit there and listen to the stories behind why people run the marathon you can't help but feel moved to do something as well. So I've signed myself up to do the Bristol 10km next month.
Ok it's not quite a marathon I know, but for a goalkeeper it's a long way!
We actually have a match against Doncaster the day before the race, so if you see me finishing last then there are two reasons – I'm tired from our game, and I'm a goalkeeper. I'm just getting my excuses in nice and early.
Have a great weekend and fingers crossed for three points.