Moors Ladies will play their first fixture of 2024 this coming Sunday when they play host to Wallsend in the NERWFL Premier Division at New Ferens Park (2pm kick-off).
Billy Shackleton’s side will be keen to get the New Year off to a winning start having last been in action back in mid-December before the league’s Christmas break.
Due to success in the Women’s FA Cup, Moors have played just eight times in the league so far this term, but they are handily placed in fourth and are just five points behind leaders, Sunderland West End.
However, fifth-placed Wallsend lie just three points shy of Moors in the table with a game in hand so Sunday’s tussle at New Ferens Park takes on extra significance for both sides.
It will be the first time this season that Moors have faced their Tyneside rivals and boss Shackleton is excited at the prospect of a return to action but wary of the challenge that lies ahead.
“We can’t wait to get back underway,” he admitted.
“The break has actually been really helpful because we’ve all had time to relax and reset – the last few months had been crazy with the FA Cup run and games coming and thick and fast sot it’s been nice to reflect and recharge.
“Wallsend aren’t a side we know an awful lot about at this stage, but we do know they have good players because we played their Reserves last season, and they were excellent.
“We’re expecting a tough game but, at the same time, we believe we are as strong as we’ve ever been so I am confident the girls can get a result.”
Winger Beth Enguita is closing in on a return to action as she makes progress following an ankle injury, while striker Katy Hemmingway is also moving back towards contention.
Sunday’s game will take place at New Ferens Park, kicking off at 2pm. Entry will be £3, with Under 12s gaining entry free of charge.