We need to finish the season off on a high now – skipper Yorston
BRISTOL Academy skipper Corinne Yorston knows the Vixens can still have a major say in deciding runners-up spot in the FA Women's Super League – despite having their own hopes of another European adventure thwarted.
Bristol's 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea last weekend means second place is now out of their reach.
Arsenal need only a point from their final two games to retain the title, but Bristol face the two clubs still involved in the hunt for the runners-up place – and a UEFA Women's Champions League slot – in their final two matches.
They host Birmingham City at Stoke Gifford on Sunday (2pm) before travelling to Everton in their final fixture of the campaign.
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The Chelsea defeat – inflicted by a controversial penalty – was Bristol's first in 11 WSL outings and defender Yorston is looking for a positive response from the team this weekend.
"We have two big games left now and need to finish the season off on a high," said Yorston.
"The Chelsea game was a frustrating one because we didn't impose ourselves like we should have done in the first half. We upped our game after that and created plenty of chances, but didn't take them.
"We hit the bar and had shots blocked and cleared off the line, but we need to be better from the first whistle."
Keynsham Town extended their 100 per cent start in the SW Women's Combination with a 4-0 win over Exeter City, maintaining their three-point lead over Oxford United.
And the two Bristol clubs setting the early pace at the top of the Premier Division of the SW Women's League both had victories.
Leaders Downend Flyers saw off struggling Stoke Lane Athletic 4-1 thanks to goals from Carley Corcoran, Kate Michael and Hayley Bullock. Grace Bunker also netted against her former club.
Bristol Ladies Union made it four wins in a row with Natalia Debek and Frankie Stone on target in a 2-0 win over Frome Town – although the margin could have been bigger had they taken their chances.
"It was our first clean sheet and, of course, I was delighted with the win," said BLU head coach Rich Sears.
"But while we dominated the game, we fizzled out in the final third and we need to work on that urgently."
In Eastern Division I, Nailsea United picked up their second win of the season with a 3-0 victory at Keynsham Town Reserves, but there was more frustration for Oldland Abbotonians.
After being under-strength for the first weeks of the campaign, they finally had 15 players available for their home game against Bishops Lydeard – only for the match to be wiped out by the weather.
In the Gloucestershire County Women's League, AEK Boco stormed to a 7-3 win over Gloucester City Reserves to move to second in Division One, although Bristol & West are still looking for their first point after losing 3-1 at Cheltenham Spa. Natalie Mead scored their consolation goal.
Longwell Green made it two wins from three games in Division Two as Sarah Price and Kelly Preston netted in a 2-0 win over Almondsbury UWE.