Sunderland AFC Ladies play their first competitive game at Mariners Park tonight when they take on champions Chelsea in the FA Women’s Super League.
The Lady Black Cats kicked-off their season last weekend with a 1-0 win against Reading, but tonight’s match promises to be a big test.
Chelsea beat Bristol City 6-0 on the opening days and look in ominous form as they search for a third title.
Among their ranks are England internationals Karen Carney, Fran Kirby, Carly Telford and Eniola Aluko, who will be looking to put on a big performance for the fans at Mariners Park.
Kick-off is at 7.30pm, and supporters who are attending the Mariners’ game against York City are welcome to stay in the ground and also take in the Women’s Super League fixture.
Otherwise, admission will be £5 for adults, £2.50 for concessions, £6.50 for a family of one adult and one child, and £12 for a family of two adults and two children.
Head coach Melanie Reay said: “We are all very much looking forward to our opening home game at our new ground at Mariners Park.
“We have started the season in a positive way – it’s always good to get points on the board early on.
“We are under no illusion that Saturday night is going to be tough, but we are looking forward to the challenge.
“We have reviewed our performance against Reading and reflected and are always working hard to be a better team.”