Women’s Team Preparing For “Biggest Game”

Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes and Hartlepool United Women

Jonathan Gibbon-Hayes is hoping Pools fans come out to support the Women’s Team on Sunday when they host Farsley Celtic in a massive game at East Durham College in Peterlee (2pm kick-off).

Pools Women are currently third in the NERWFL Premier Division and well in the frame for top spot and promotion to the National League – but the result in Sunday’s crunch fixture could have a massive impact on their chances.

Visitors, Farsley – who are the only team to defeat Pools in the league this season after a 3-2 win back in September – are sitting second and just a point in front of Gibbon-Hayes’ side.

However, both teams have three games in hand on current leaders, Harrogate Town which means the winners of Sunday’s exciting encounter will become favourites for the title.

Pools have won four on the bounce in the league going in to the weekend’s action and Gibbon-Hayes is hoping plenty of supporters can come and cheer them on to a potentially crucial fifth straight success.

“Sunday is the biggest game I have been involved with as a Manager,” he admitted.

“I would love as many Poolies as possible to come along to East Durham College and get behind the girls and support us in our push for promotion.

“We’ve had a good week on the training ground after the friendly win over Lumley last Sunday, which seems to have refocused everyone after a frustrating time,” he told us.

“There is a spring in the step of the players and they are all looking forward to the visit of high-flying Farsley after the recent reshuffle in fixtures.

“We have great belief that we can put in a strong performance and make a big statement by claiming three important points.”

Gibbon-Hayes is boosted by the return from injury of influential forward Caitlin Bates, while midfielder Chelsea Basnett could be in line for her first taste of action since ACL surgery after proving her fitness in last weekend’s friendly.

Entry at East Durham College is free to all supporters so please come along and show your backing on Sunday afternoon if you can.