Pools Women To Host Leaders On Sunday

Sarah Bartlett, Hartlepool United Women

Pools Women are back in NERWFL Premier Division action on Sunday when they host Wallsend at East Durham College in Peterlee (2pm kick-off).

Last weekend’s proposed away trip to Wallsend was a washout after bad weather but Pools are now chomping at the bit to get going again as they prepare to host the Tyneside outfit.

Boss Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes has an almost fully-fit squad to choose from ahead of Sunday’s outing and is hoping the frustration of a stop-start campaign to date can impact positively on their weekend performance.

“We have had some tough selection decisions to make but I feel like the squad we have for Sunday is very strong,” he told us.

“We’re all a bit frustrated that we’re in to November and we’ve played only two league games and we’ve not been able to build up any real momentum

“Any manager will tell you that it has an impact on the players when it’s so stop-start but luckily our girls are mentally strong so we will approach Sunday’s game with confidence.”

Wallsend currently sit top of the Premier Division table having won four of their seven fixtures so far but Pools will hope to cut the gap on their visitors, on whom they have five games in hand.

Gibbon-Hayes is hoping that some of the feelgood factor within the First Team can rub off on his squad after he and his assistant, Andy Hetherington, paid a visit to the training ground last week.

“Andy and I have been lucky enough to spend a little time with Sweens and Gucky recently and I must say that we left the session feeling energised,” he explained.

“It was a really positive learning experience and one we hope we can develop further moving forward.”

Sunday’s game at East Durham College is a 2pm kick-off and entry is free to all supporters.