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Ladies Eye Strong Start On Home Soil

14 September 2018

Hartlepool United Ladies 2018/19 Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Hartlepool United Ladies 2018/19

Pools Ladies boss Craig Devon says his side are aiming to get off to a flyer on home soil on Sunday as they host South Shields in the League Cup at Grayfields (2pm kick-off).

After enjoying a winning start to his tenure a fortnight ago when the Ladies ran out 4-2 winners in the SSE FA Cup at Washington, Devon is now targeting more joy back on their own patch this weekend.

A glamour tie against Bolton Wanderers awaits Pools in the next stage of the FA Cup but for now they’re placing that on the backburner as the look to get past old foes South Shields in the League Cup on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s the first time we’ve played at home so I am excited about that,” Devon admitted.

“From what I have heard games between Pools and South Shields have been exciting and can be quite feisty so it’s one to look forward to.

“We want to be very strong in terms of our home form this season so the aim is to get off to a positive start on Sunday and really lay down a marker for the rest of the year.”

Devon has been pleased with the positive response to his arrival as boss during the summer but has admitted that it’s still a work in progress as he looks to find the right blend among his new-look squad.

Several new signings have come in during pre-season to bolster the ranks with Pools once again looking to compete for Premier Division promotion after finishing third and narrowly missing out last term.

“I think a lot of the girls have taken to the changes really well but there is work still to be done.

“I can’t just come in and lay down the law, saying this is how it’s got to be one – I think there has to be some willingness on both sides to find out what fits best for all of us.

“I am sure things will come together during the first three or four weeks of the season but we will keep on tweaking things to try and improve and to give ourselves the best chance of success.”

Devon will be without influential duo Lottie Portas and Jess Dawson for this weekend’s game as the pair both have work commitments.

The game kicks-off at Grayfields Enclosure at 2pm and entry is free for all supporters.

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