Pools Women Focused Ahead Of Ossett Test

Hartlepool United Women striker Jade Pye in action against Chorley

Pools Women are aiming to clinch a sixth successive NERWFL Premier Division win on Sunday when they host Ossett United at East Durham College in Peterlee (2pm kick-off).

Their dramatic 3-2 victory over rivals Farsley Celtic a fortnight ago has blasted them back in to title contention but boss Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes knows they must maintain their focus during the run-in.

Third-placed Pools can’t afford to take anything for granted against an Ossett outfit who have more than held their own in the Premier Division following promotion last term.

“We’ve had two very good weeks of training on the back of the Farsley win,” revealed Gibbon-Hayes, whose side have games in hand on each of the top two.

“We are incredibly focused on taking things one games at a time – nothing has changed for us, we still need to win our last seven games to achieve our objective.

“What pleases me is that I am seeing a real hunger in the squad and I know that every player wants to be part of it, which is fantastic for any manager.

“Sunday is another opportunity for us to take a step closer to where we want to be but we know Ossett will give us a massive test as they did when we went to their place in January.

“We were really grateful for the fantastic support we received during the Farsley fixture and we’d love to see as many Poolies as possible back at EDC to get behind us again on Sunday.”

Pools are boosted ahead of the weekend game with the return to contention of Jade Pye and Ellie Gutcher who have both spent several weeks on the sidelines through injury.

The game kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday and entry to all supporters is free.