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Women's Team Face-Off With Durham In Cup Semi

22 March 2019

Robyn Ingram Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Robyn Ingram in action for Pools Women

Pools Women’s Team will aim to bring Durham Cestria’s long unbeaten run to an end when the two sides meet in a mouth-watering League Cup semi-final at Dyke House on Sunday (2pm kick-off).

Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes’ side know they will have their work cut out against a Durham side who have already won the NERWFL Premier Division title and have not tasted defeat in 20 games.

However, Pools have looked close to getting back to their best in recent weeks, particularly during the first half hour of their mauling of Rotherham United when they fired home six unanswered goals.

They’ve made it to the final four of the League Cup with impressive wins over South Shieds, Wallsend and Boro Rangers – and they’re yet to concede a goal in this year’s competition.

“We are just treating Sunday like any other game,” insisted Gibbon-Hayes.

“Durham might have a long unbeaten run but records like that are there to be broken so Andy and I go in to the game with confidence and a real belief in the players that they can win.”

Gibbon-Hayes is boosted by the returns of Jade Pye, Robyn Ingram and Lucy Hammond-Garrington for Sunday’s game, giving him a few more options in terms of his selection.

Meanwhile, midfield star Chelsea Basnett has been drafted on to the backroom staff for the Women’s Team whilst she recovers from a serious knee injury.

Sunday’s game at Dyke House is free entry for all supporters to pop along and cheer the girls on if you have the chance.


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