Ladies Team Ready For Local Derby

Moors Ladies will be hoping to build some momentum in the NERWFL Northern Division on Sunday when they play host to Bishop Auckland Ladies at EDC’s Houghall Campus in Durham (2pm kick-off).

Billy Shackleton’s side will be approaching the derby clash high on confidence after a brilliant 4-1 win over Gateshead in the Durham County Cup at The Brewery Field last weekend.

However, the Moors Ladies boss has urged the players not to take anything for granted and maintain the high standards which secured their impressive win over The Heed.

“We have played really well recently, and we want to keep that going,” Shackleton told us.

“Our defence has been in great form and we’re adding goals from all over the pitch, so we need to make sure we take advantage of that and go on a really strong run now.

“Bishop Auckland are always going to give us a tough game, but we need to make sure we remain focused and continued doing what we’ve been doing in the last couple of games.”

Moors currently sit sixth in the NERWFL Northern Division and are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season to put pressure on the teams above them in the table.

They are boosted by being able to choose from an almost fully fit squad, though skipper Alex Saunders is still sidelined, and last week’s Player of the Match Coral Colledge is unavailable. Meg Foster and Chloe Wymer will both be hoping to get more minutes on the pitch this weekend as they build fitness after injury.

After 269 supporters turned up to back the team at The Brewery Field on Sunday, Shackleton and his players are hoping for increased support in Durham on Sunday to help cheer the girls to another positive result.

“The support really makes a different to the players,” Shackleton admitted.

“You could see how much it meant to the players last week and I think having that level of backing just gives the girls that little bit extra so hopefully there’ll be plenty behind us on Sunday.”

Kick-off on Sunday is at 2pm and entry to the game at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus in Durham is free to all fans.

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