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Women's Team Feeling Positive For Run-In

5 April 2019

Women's Team management team Andy Hetherington and Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes talk to the players
Women's Team management team Andy Hetherington and Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes talk to the players

Pools Women’s Team are in action at Grayfields on Sunday when they host their Tynedale counterparts in the NERWFL Premier Division (2pm kick-off).

Durham Cestria have already sewn up the title but Pools are battling to secure a runners-up spot which would mark progress on last year’s third-place finish.

Pools are currently second in the table but South Shields lie third and are level on points so it looks set to be an interesting finish – especially given the two sides play each other next weekend.

Boss Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes has insisted that the positivity within the group can help give them the edge for the run-in but knows to expect a difficult game against Tynedale on Sunday.

Pools could only draw 3-3 when the sides met on Tyneside at the start of last month so three points is certainly not a given against a team who have also improved upon last term’s performance.

“Our players are in a good place right now and we just want to keep that going,” Gibbon-Hayes told us.

“We had an excellent training session this week and there was a great intensity to the work the girls go through – with three games left this feels like such a positive environment.

“The target is to ensure we’re unbeaten in the final three games but we can’t look too far ahead, the whole focus has to be on Sunday’s game against Tynedale and we’ll approach it with confidence.”

Gibbon-Hayes looks set to be boosted by the return of influential midfielder Alisha Smith after an ankle injury, while new signing Laura Wilson is also pushing for a starting spot.

Entry is free to all supporters for Sunday’s game at Grayfields so make sure you pop along and support the Women’s Team in action if you can.

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