High-flying Moors Ladies are on the road again this Sunday when they make the trip to face Barnsley in the NERWFL Premier Division at Oakwell (3pm kick-off).
Billy Shackleton’s side head to South Yorkshire in good form, having won five of their last games to move up to second following last weekend’s 3-1 triumph over Bradford City.
The Tykes currently lie fifth in the table, and they will be looking to use home advantage on the club’s main Oakwell pitch, which is likely to suit both teams’ styles of play.
“Last weekend was a huge game for us because it was vital we got back to winning ways after a couple of defeats.
“Now we’re up against another good side and we know it’s going to be a tough test, but I am confident that the girls can compete for the three points and look to keep our good start going.
“You see the Oakwell pitch every week on TV when the men play there and it’s a fantastic surface so that will suit us and hopefully, we can play our best stuff like we have so often at The Brewery Field.”
Shackleton has been navigating a troublesome injury list in recent weeks and looks set to remain without influential winger Beth Enguita, who has suffered a setback in her bid to return from an ankle injury.
Coral Colledge is unavailable on Sunday, Holly Middleton has also been carrying an injury and is doubtful, while Neve Jackson is out with damaged ankle ligaments. However, it is hoped that forward Katy Hemmingway could be in contention following hamstring trouble.
“When you’ve got four or five quality footballers missing out, it’s never easy,” Shackleton admitted.
“We were hoping to have Beth back for Sunday, while Holly picked up a knock in training last week so we will have to wait and see with her.
“Both of those players are capable of making a big impact for us so it’s a blow, but it just means the rest of the girls have to give that little bit extra, which they have shown they can do.
“This is a great group, and I am always confident in the 16 players we have in the squad on any given week, so we’ll go to Barnsley in good heart and looking for another positive result.”
Moors fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets for the game in advance via Barnsley’s Online Tickets Portal where supporters can also pre-book parking at Oakwell for £2.
Tickets priced at £5 for adults and £1 concessions and they are also available on the day for the game which kicks-off at the slightly later time of 3pm.