Women Look For County Cup Upset

Justine Robinson, Hartlepool United

Pools Women are back in County Cup action on Sunday when they make the trip to face National League outfit Chester-le-Street Town (1.30pm kick-off).

Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes’ side began the New Year with a convincing win at Redcar Town a fortnight ago and now they are diverting their attention back to the cup competition.

However, they face a big test this weekend against a Chester-le-Street team who currently sit sixth in the division above and come in to Sunday’s game on the back of a 4-1 win over Stockport County.

“Sunday is a distraction away from the league as we enter the quarter-finals of the County Cup but it’s a daunting trip because Chester-le-Street are doing well in the National League,” admitted Gibbon-Hayes.

“We are going there to show the quality we have in the squad and try to cause an upset so I know all the girls will be giving their all for the cause once again.

“We would also like to get through the tie without any further injuries because we have had a testing time on that front and I’ve been trying to strengthen with a couple of loan signings.

“It’s a real boost to see Chelsea Basnett back in full training now after she has worked so hard to recover from a cruciate ligament injury.”

Gibbon-Hayes will have to make do without the services of Caitlin Bates and Jade Pye this weekend after they were both struck down by injury, but Jenni Duffy-Smith and Kate Hampson return to contention.

The game takes place at Moor Park in Durham and admission is £3 for adults and £1 for concessions.