Ladies Team Host League-Leaders

Moors Ladies are back in action at The Brewery Field on Sunday as they play host to table-topping Chester-le-Street United Women in the NERWFL Northern Division (2pm kick-off).

Billy Shackleton’s side have run into some excellent form in recent weeks and go into Sunday’s fixture on the back of three consecutive wins in all competitions.

They enjoyed a wonderful Durham County Cup triumph over Gateshead when they played at The Brewery Field a fortnight ago and hopes are high that they could eclipse the 269 that turned up watch that day.

The Ladies will need as much support as they can as they face up to high-flying Chester-le-Street but will be motivated by the fact they can draw level on points with their visitors with a win this weekend.

“It’s great knowing we’re going to be playing at The Brewery Field, especially coming off the back of that brilliant result against Gateshead last time,” said boss Billy Shackleton.

“Although the girls are all looking forward to it, we can’t get too excited because Chester-le-Street are a very strong side and won’t be there to just make up the numbers.

“At the end of the day, this is a game of football we need to win if we have ambitions to be challenging at the very top of the division come the end of the season.”

Shackleton will have close to a full squad to choose from on Sunday with only Julia McGovern and Monika Kisicka sidelined through long-term injuries.

New signing Amber Hopps goes into contention to make her second debut after returning to the Club this week, while skipper Alex Saunders and Coral Colledge are also in the mix after missing last Sunday’s 5-2 win over Bishop Auckland.

“If we look ahead, we’ve got what look some winnable games, but taking points against the teams around us in the division is vital if we’re to achieve our goals,” added Shackleton.

“It means the world to the girls having the Moors fans behind us so hopefully another big crowd can come along on Sunday and cheer us to another positive result.”

Admission on Sunday at The Brewery Field is just £3 for adults and Under-12s will be admitted for free. The Jason Ainsley Fan Zone will be open for business, as will the Neil Adams Sports both before and after the game.

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