Bristol City misses record deal for Women’s Super League TV next season … as Robins is relegated after a 3-1 defeat to Brighton
- Bristol City dropped out of the Women’s Super League after losing to Brighton
- Relegation means the Robins are missing out on next season’s TV deal
- Aston Villa drew 0-0 at Arsenal to stay on, as Birmingham also survived the drop
Bristol City will miss out on next season’s TV record windfall after being relegated to the championship by their 3-1 defeat to Brighton.
The Robins, who were bottom most of the campaign, had to win – and one from Aston Villa and Birmingham had to make a mistake – to survive.
It was not to be, as Villa picked up an impressive 0-0 draw at Arsenal to maintain their top status.
Bristol City were relegated from the Women’s Super League after a 3–1 defeat to Brighton
Birmingham was beaten 1-0 by Tottenham, but the Blues only needed to match Bristol’s result to ensure safety.
Carla Ward’s side were thrown back into the relegation mix after deducting a point for playing an unsuitable player in their 1-1 draw against Reading last month.
Ward deserves huge credit for keeping Birmingham in the WSL, despite having to overcome a series of obstacles throughout the campaign.
City manager Matt Beard (left) comforts Gemma Evans. Maybe he will go to Liverpool
Matt Beard has done an admirable job since taking charge of Bristol City in January after boss Tanya Oxtoby took maternity leave. A dramatic late win over Reading in March saw the club slide off the bottom of the table, but defeats and draws against the sides around them meant they couldn’t complete the great breakaway. They also won’t find it easy to bounce right back.
Liverpool have shown that the championship is a difficult division to escape from, with the Reds finishing third after their relegation last season.
Beard could leave for Merseyside this summer, with the 43-year-old considered the prime candidate for the vacant manager. The robins are also likely to see Ebony Salmon take off in the summer. The striker made her debut in England in February and will have suitors in the WSL after scoring 10 goals in all competitions.