Ladies on a high for Sunday

West Ham United Ladies are looking for their first double of the season when they welcome Keynsham Town in the Women's Premier League on Sunday.

Confidence will be high for the 2pm kick-off at Harlow Town as the Hammers are coming off the back of a 7-0 win against Colchester United in the FA Cup fourth round. That victory set Tony Marshall's side up for a glamour fifth-round tie away to European champions Arsenal on 27 January.

Assistant manager Alex Bonner said: "Obviously everyone is excited about the prospect of facing Arsenal in the last 16 of the cup, but we have to take our minds off of that for a few weeks and get back to consolidating our league position." The club are in eighth place, on 18 points, in the 12-team second tier of women's football but victory could move them above Keynsham and into fifth place.

"I cannot see anybody catching [leaders] Fulham to be honest; they are already six points clear of the second placed team and sixteen points ahead of us," said Bonner. "However, with only five points separating six clubs we can still top that little group which would see us in the top four come the end of the season.

"Contemplating that at the beginning of this campaign would have been out of the question. It just goes to show what a special and talented group of players we have here, and with the element of youth coming through as well. The future does look healthy." The previous meeting with Keynsham on 11 November saw West Ham United win 2-0 thanks to goals from Katy Ling and Sam Pittuck.

  • West Ham United Ladies play all their home fixtures at the home of Harlow Town FC. To get there go to Barrows Farm Stadium, off Elizabeth Way, The Pinnacles, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5BL.