Pools Women will test themselves against National League opposition on Sunday when they host a prestigious friendly against Leeds United at East Durham College in Peterlee (2pm kick-off).
Left without a competitive fixture for the second weekend in a row, Pools boss Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes was keen to see his side given a friendly work out to maintain match fitness.
Leeds chief Dan O’Hearne was also looking for a game for his side and has now agreed to bring the West Yorkshire outfit to the North East to take on Pools.
“It’s been a very frustrating time for us,” admitted Gibbon-Hayes.
“We’re now moving towards December and have only played three league games so far, which isn’t really acceptable and doesn’t give us the opportunity to build momentum.
“It’s great that Leeds are going to come and play us because it gives the girls another chance to pit their wits against higher division opposition and also keeps us ticking over fitness-wise.
“As well as preparing for Sunday, everyone associated with Pools Women is wishing new boss Dave Challinor all the best for his first home game in charge this weekend.”
Gibbon-Hayes has a big squad to choose from for Sunday’s friendly, though keeper Amy Campbell is still injured and Ellie Gutcher and Hannah Lambert will miss out due to work commitments.
Kick-off at Peterlee’s East Durham College is 2pm on Sunday and entry is free to all supporters.