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Match Preview: South Shields Women vs Wakefield Women

Updated: Mar 25, 2023




The fight for second in the NERWFL Premier Division heats up on Sunday as South Shields Women take on Wakefield AFC Women at Downhill Hub (2pm kick-off).


The lasses have had a three week rest leading up to this weekend's match, with their last outing coming on March 5th in a 3-1 away victory against Redcar.


Their last league fixture, which was planned to be away to best-of-the-rest contenders Alnwick Town Juniors Women, was postponed because of the increasingly hazardous conditions at the time.


South Shields came out 4-2 away winners in February when the two teams last met, as goals from Eve Gatens, Sophie Greener, Alex Miller and Ellie White saw the team overcome their West Yorkshire opponents.


Coach's views


Miller, who is a player/coach, spoke brightly ahead of the fixture: "We've got a really good chance.


"Last time we played them, we probably played our best game of the season so far, so here's hoping that it's going to be another good one this weekend.


"We've got a good squad lined up so fingers crossed."


It is the Mariners' first home match in over a month because of how the fixtures have been arranged.


Miller believes the team are relishing the opportunity of a home game, adding: "It makes it a lot better for us.


"Travelling obviously isn't ideal - it's a long day travelling up and down and then when you've got work the next day as well, so definitely being at home, the lasses will be well up for that.


"Less of a travel, and it just makes you a bit more fresh when you are stepping on the pitch."


Match information


The game is taking place at Downhill Football Hub, Community North Sports Complex, Sunderland, SR5 4BY.


A QR code is required for entry and the match kicks off at 2pm on Sunday, March 26th, while admission is free.

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