Moors Ladies return to NERWFL Premier Division action on Sunday when they welcome Bradford City to New Ferens Park (2pm kick-off).
Billy Shackleton’s side will approach the fixture with confidence having tasted victory last time out with a 2-1 triumph over Wakefield in the Women’s FA Cup at The Brewery Field.
However, Moors suffered their first defeat of the season in their last league outing against leaders Sunderland West End so they will be keen to make amends for that when they tackle The Bantams.
City had a mixed start to their new campaign, but the appointment of a new manager has seen an upturn in their form, and they arrive at New Ferens Park sitting fourth and just four points behind Moors.
“Bradford are a good side,” admitted Shackleton.
“I think we were all a bit surprised when they started slowly, but you only have to look at us last season when we lost two of our first three before going on an unbeaten run, to see it can happen.
“Bradford will be that team this year and we know we should be expecting a very difficult game when they come to us on Sunday.”
Injury problems have certainly made things tricky for Shackleton in recent weeks and the Moors boss is hopeful that things can start to improve on that front in the near future.
However, forward Katy Hemmingway is unlikely to feature this weekend, while winger Beth Enguita and centre-back Neve Jackson (both ankle) remain sidelined.
“It’s really difficult at the minute,” Shackleton said.
“We’re confident in the players we have available, but the number of minutes the girls are having to play is taking its toll as we go week to week.”
Sunday’s game is a special one for Moors too, with the fixture being dedicated to Jess Crookes, who tragically took her own life last year. Jess’ parents, Roy and Ellie, are both keen Moors Ladies fans and the players are set to pay tribute to her during a minute’s applause ahead of kick-off on Sunday.
The game begins at 2pm at New Ferens Park where admission is just £3 for adults and free for all those under 12.