Ladies going for promotion

West Ham United Ladies go into this Sunday's match with last-placed Crystal Palace fighting fit and ready to push for promotion.

With a reorganisation in the national game, there is a possibility of two promotion places to the Premier League from the Southern Division. The Hammers are third with four matches to play but are still to meet two of their rivals for the runners-up spot. Reading, who the club welcome on the last day, are currently second with three more points.

After going to Palace this Sunday, Tony Marshall's team will travel to runaway leaders Barnet on the following Thursday. The season will finish with two home matches. The first is against Portsmouth, level on 32 points with the Hammers, at Thurrock on 9 May before the campaign ends with a huge match at Little Heath against Reading on 16 May.

Looking ahead to perhaps the biggest month in the club's history, Marshall said: "It is all to play for as it will all come down to our last three games. We have a superior goal difference but we need at least three wins from the four matches overall."

The Ladies team are on a high after coming from behind last weekend to win 4-1 against Brighton and Hove Albion. The Hammers were a goal down at the interval but battled back through two goals from Gemma Shepherd (pictured) and further strikes from Carly Roache and Becky Merritt to turn the game around.

Scott Parker