Pools Women will face a stiff examination of their title credentials on Sunday when they make the trip to face rivals Harrogate Town at The CNG Stadium (2pm kick-off).
The hosts currently sit second in the NERWFL Premier Division table having won four of their six games so far this season and they thumped York City 8-0 last time out in the league.
Pools are seven points behind Town but have three games in hand after enduring a frustrating opening period to the campaign which has seen them play just three times in the league to date.
However, Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes’ side will approach the weekend’s encounter with confidence and know that collecting three points would send out a big message to the rest of the division.
“Harrogate will provide us with a big test but I am looking forward to seeing the players play in a big stadium and hopefully putting on a show,” he told us.
“We had a friendly with Leeds United last weekend to keep our fitness ticking over and if we play anything like we did in that game then we’ll give ourselves a big chance of getting the points.
“Harrogate can go top of the league with a win so this is an opportunity for us to make a statement and big games like this one are one of the reasons I love being a Manager so much.
“I have confidence in my players and, after a brilliant week on the pitch for the First Team and the Youth Team, it would be nice if we could complete the treble with a win of our own on Sunday.”
The game at The CNG Stadium kicks-off at 2pm on Sunday and entry is free for all supporters.